If she wanted to save money on tuition, Erin Patterson had to make some money quickly. As an out-of-state student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Patterson needed to earn a certain amount on her W-2 in order to claim residency and thus lower her tuition bill.

“I had no intention of becoming a resident of Missouri when I started college, but my dad called me one day in March of my freshman year and asked if I could handle living in Columbia for the summer to get residency,” says Patterson, a senior from Lisle, Ill.

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