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There's this guy, Mason, who graduated high school.
There's a party at his house for this occasion.
His father while proposing a toast, says,

"It's been a little sketchy this end of the school year here,
trying to figure out what school to go to. Mason told me that he wanted
to get as far away from home as possible, but still honor our agreement
that we pay in-state tuition, which I do appreciate."

They are in Texas.

I am not sure about in-state tuition.
Prior to this, we know that this guy got a scholarship for UT.
Is his father simply saying that he can go as far as he want but not leave Texas.
I am completely confused about this.
It's the movie "Boyhood".

Thank you
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    Many colleges and universities in the U.S. are public: that is, they are supported in part by the government of their state through taxes. Those schools generally offer lower tuition rates to residents of that state. That's "in-state tuition." There is also "out-of-state tuition," which is higher*. Here, this probably means that he would have to stay in Texas. It could also mean that he could go anywhere, but his parents would pay towards his education only what they would pay if he stayed in Texas.

    *There may be additional categories. For example, the school where I teach, Rhode Island College, offers an in-between rate to people who live within 50 miles/80 km of the school but are in one of the neighboring states. However, those are the two basic categories.
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