Anyone heading to DC for a PCS should know this. I just wanted to share and help anyone out there.
My wife got orders to the National Capital Region. I immediately started looking into colleges once we got the orders. I applied and got into University of Maryland. We ended up moving to Bethesda in Maryland. Going into the area blind I found that Bethesda looked to be a good safe neighborhood. (Which it is if anyone is looking for neighborhoods). But after a year in Bethesda, our small townhouse with zero outdoor space wasn't working out for my toddler and lab. So we decided to move south to Virginia. Cost of living is lower and we were able to rent a house with a yard.
Little did we know moving across the state line I lost my in-state tuition rate. I thought with my wife being active duty the spouse will receive in-state tuition no matter where we lived. If you read the fine print you will only receive in-state tuition rates if you reside in that state. The active duty member doesn't have to be stationed in that state. That was something I overlooked.
Luckily I am getting around this by a Maryland law. Maryland will give any honorably discharged veteran in-state tuition rates no matter what your state residency is so long as you are residing in the state. So I am renting a room and keeping that address as my permanent address.
I don't know if Virginia and DC have similar laws for veterans. This is an unusual problem that most military families wont run into unless you are stationed on the boarder of different states.
Hope this helps someone out there