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Save on tuition -- by getting hitched

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: February 7, 2011 - 10:26 AM

What would you do to save a bundle on tuition? Choose the community college? Spend hours scouring for scholarships?

Get married?

That's what some out-of-state students are doing at the University of California, Berkeley, according to a Bay Citizen article in the New York Times.

It costs out-of-state students an additional $22,000 a year to attend the public university. But if you marry, you can be deemed independent of your parents. From there, "gaining in-state tuition is a breeze."

The article gives this example, but warns that it's probably an uncommon one:

"A few years ago, a student from the Midwest believed she could not afford the annual $30,000 in student fees (including $20,000 in out-of-state tuition), so she posted on Facebook that she was looking for a husband.. (The woman requested anonymity out of fear of repercussions from U.C.)

An out-of-state student whom she did not know responded to her post, and they married in 2007, the summer before her junior year. She graduated in 2009 and estimated that the marriage had saved her $50,000. The couple has divorced."

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