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"Think you're a Minnesotan? The U may disagree"

Original article was found on twincities.com the website for the Pioneer Press. It was written by Paul Tosto.

The University of Minnesota has a very strict policy on who is allowed to pay resident tuition. The policy says that if a person has lived in another state for more than a year, than he or she is no longer eligible for Minnesota resident tuition.

There are exceptions to this rule though. If the person was out of the state for military reasons or if they were only in the other state for schooling, then they are still allowed the cheaper rate.

Resident tuition is roughly $10,000 per year, but for the non-resident, the cost can be up to $19,000 when you include all of the fees.

One student, Wil Meland is angered over this developement. He lived in Minnesota for most of his life, went to high school here and grew up here, but after moving away for a couple years, he is no longer considered a resident. However, every other school considers him to still be a Minnesota resident and would grant him in-state tuition.

There is an appeal process. Students who are considered non-residents are allowed to formally appeal their status and a few are allowed to only pay resident tuition costs every year. Otherwise, a person has to live in Minnesota for a year without being a student before they are considered for resident tuition rates.