Would You Marry to Save on College Tuition?


It's not love they see in each other's eyes, it's savings at college.
It's not love they see in each other's eyes, it's savings at college.

Soldiers who do it get better housing and pay, some immigrants try it (illegally) to gain citizenship, and even some college students who aren't in love reportedly are doing it: Getting married. For the students, it's for financial benefit.

The economic advantages can include: saving on out-of-state tuition by becoming a resident through marriage; a chance to qualify for financial aid through a low combined income; and a way to avoid the average student loan debt at graduation of $24,000.

Rick Conley runs the website Whypaytuition.com and says marriage is a smart way to save money while going to college. His site offers free information on how to get free tuition through marriage, and charges $600 per person as a matchmaking service for college students looking for a short-term marriage partner.