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I am a PAresident, pay taxes & want in-state tuition. The public university says I am not. If not PA, then where?

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After college (Dec 2007) in NC as a dependent of my parents where they still live, I gained employment in GA, became independent, & a resident of GA. I got accepted into a graduate program in PA, moved there in June 2010 & started classes the next month. I became a PA resident & paid state taxes for 2010. Since the university said one had to be in PA for 12 months prior to enrollment, I paid out-of-state tuition for the first year. I applied for in-state resident tuition in July 2011. I was denied & many of the reasons used were erroneous, as though they did not read my application. I appealed & also submitted a sworn affadavit stating that I will stay in PA if employed after getting my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in July 2013. I attended the hearing but it was denied.

Yes, I am domiciled in PA as it is the place where I intend to reside permanently or indefinitely, & I do in fact reside. I registered to vote, have a PA driver's license, (don't own a car), rent an apt. & pay utilities, am employed at a Phila. hospital & pay city & state taxes, have PA bank account, belong to PA PT Assoc., have a small business & pay state taxes, and all my mother's family still lives in PA where my Mom was born. The appeal denial letter is based on PA Res. Tuition Elig. Guidelines & stated some of <my> evidence shows PA domicile, but "the evidence taken as a whole necessitates a conclusion that she is not domiciled in this Commonwealth." They also say "Once classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes, such a student 'will ordinarily continue to be so classified throughout his/her attendance at the University." (Guide. Sec.A). Mine is not an ordinary situation. I should get PA domicile status as my situation is an exception. Are you or do you know an ed. law attny?

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If you were denied at a hearing that is not a good sign. It seems that your domicle is at issue here. Are your registered to vote in PA? Do you have a drivers license in PA? Do you belong to a church in PA? Do you have other factors that indicate domicile? This would be an expensive undertaking to appeal and not sure if you even have appeal rights. You need to speak with an attorney who deals in the education law area.

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