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Hey everyone,

This is my first post here, and I'm excited to read more and contribute to these forums. It all looks very exciting.

I am looking to do a post bacc after spending several years in the engineering field and then moving out to Thailand to teach math to high school students for a couple years. Originally, I am from Oregon and went to school at a well respected private university there. My GPA was ok for engineering (3.31). A post bacc should be my first step if I really want to become a doctor, like I dreamed of back in high school. I can raise my GPA some, and complete the pre-reqs.

My first question is an important one financially. Since I moved to Thailand two years ago, have I lost state residency in Oregon? I've looked for an answer to this on the web, and surprisingly can't find anything. Am I not a resident of any state for tuition purposes, since I've been gone for two years? This could really hurt as I wanted Oregon schools to be an option for me.

Looking on the positive side, if I'm not a resident any longer, I can go anywhere I want to establish residency, and don't have to have that possible in-state tuition back in Oregon hanging over my head. I'd much rather live in Arizona or Texas upon returning anyways. Warm weather suits me ;)

Thanks for your help!
 
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Thank you for that link!

Yes, I'm a citizen. I was born in Portland, then moved to Arizona and came back to Oregon when I was three years old. I stayed in Oregon for 22 years including my time in undergrad. I've filed taxes there many times.

After reading through the link it looks like I would file Form 40N and would be considered a non-resident, since I will spend a total of zero days in Oregon through 2017.

So, I belong to no state according to Oregon's rules. Is there any hope I could use my ties to the state upon returning to gain in-state tuition? My entire family still lives there. I'm not coming back to the US until sometime between March and May.

Also, I will file Thailand taxes for 2017.
 
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I would suggest email every school where you want to go to.

Residency FAQs | Admissions

What are the key considerations for determining my residency classification?
  • Establishment of a domicile and predominant physical presence in Oregon for a period of 12 months or more prior to the beginning of the term for which you are seeking residency
  • Financial dependence on an Oregon resident or financial independence
  • Primary purpose for being in Oregon other than to obtain an education
  • Nature and source of financial resources
  • Various other indicators of residency (e.g., ownership of Oregon living quarters, permanent Oregon employment, payment of Oregon income taxes)
 
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That is great advice. I'm already on the email train and have a phone appointment coming up soon. I'll keep these questions in front of me during the call. Thanks!
 
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