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Posted at 8:37 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Take this ring... and my in-state tuition discount

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

I know a few couples who have tied the knot earlier than planned, for reasons greater than love alone -- usually, the need for health insurance or visa woes.

But here's a reason I had not thought of: Getting hitched to score an in-state tuition rate.

In states like California, out-of-state students pay as much as $22,000 more each year in tuition than those living in-state. The university system has strict residency rules, but one of the easiest ways to gain in-state status is to get married.

The New York Times reported this week that at least nine couples at the University of California, Berkeley, have tied the knot to save an estimated $350,000 in out-of-state tuition. That count includes a student from the Midwest who advertised on Facebook that she was looking for a husband to help her save $20,000 a year in out-of-state tuition.

You can read the full article, here.

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By Jenna Johnson  | February 8, 2011; 8:37 AM ET
Categories:  Admissions  | Tags:  University of California  
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