Hey guys, I was looking for some insight on my problem.
We are a Canadian family. My dad got a job in the US on a TN visa. He moved here in December 2002, and my mom and I followed in July 2003. I finished middle school and high school here, then started college. I am about to enter my senior year of college in Fall 2011, set to graduate May 2012. I have been paying in state tuition, as I am going to a school not far from my parents home/where I've been living for the past 8 years.
My dad recently lost his job, and hasn't been able to find work. My parents are basically being forced to move back to Canada at the end of July, with nothing. Since the TN expires at the end of his pay check, my status here will also expire. My status was set to expire when I turned 21 (November 2011) anyway, as I wouldn't be a minor anymore.
I am looking to switch to an F1 Visa so I can continue/finish up my schooling here. However, I have heard that I will have to pay out of state tuition when I switch to the F1, even though I have lived here for nearly 8 years straight. My parents obviously can't sign for an American loan because neither of them are American, and they won't be able to sign for a Canadian loan either because they will be going back to nothing/jobless. I really don't know what to do, and this might be a better question for the F1 forum. I just really don't think it's fair that I'm about to be in my last year of undergrad, and won't be able to finish because of this.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you.