Dear PoPville – Anyone Know About Receiving in-state tuition rates for DC residents?

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Dear PoPville,

Recently I’ve had the urge to continue my education pursue a Ph.D in economics. I am a nine-year resident of DC and have no desire to leave the District for my education. At the same time I work full-time and need to remain employed to sustain my mortgage payments, bills etc. For this reason I will not be eligible for research or teaching assistantships. There are a few programs I am interested in, but I can’t afford private schools in DC nor out-of-state tuition.

Has anyone in the community been successful in receiving in-state tuition rates at one of the areas public universities (UMD, GMU)? I have started to investigate this, but have learned that DC residents don’t have reciprocity in public universities in the metro area.

I have learned about the DCTAG grant funded by the DC gov, but this is only available for undergraduate studies.

Any collective information from POPville on this subject would be helpful.


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