Seriously, take it from me. Doing your research to become a resident like Zach said ^ is going to pay off big. Take a couple days and figure out what you have to do. Work for a year, save and surf and then take advantage of in state tuition. You could probly also buy a place really cheap out there at this point, hang onto it and make some serious money when the market turns around. That's what I would do if I got to do it all over...