Not long ago, a high school counselor in New Hampshire challenged her students with a list of ten public colleges and universities advertising out-of-state tuition of less than $10,000 per year and asked, “Are you adventurous?”
Setting aside tuition-free colleges (the service academies and several others), the Chronicle of Higher Education lists 17 residential public institutions with out-of-state tuition coming in under $10K. In fact, adding in room and board, all 17 post totals of under $20,000 per year for out-of-state students.
Of course this doesn’t take into account important expenses like travel, and there may be a few hidden fees not included in posted tuitions.
But the counselor’s point is well taken. Given increased stress over the escalating cost of college, these schools could represent a relatively good value, particularly when compared with more expensive public colleges and universities where in-state tuition far exceeds $10,000, like the University of Pittsburgh ($17,100), Penn State ($16,992), the University of New Hampshire ($16,496), or the University of Vermont ($15,718).
There’s certainly food for thought here!
For the record, here are the 17 residential public institutions listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education with out-of-state tuition under $10,000 per year for 2013-14 (and note that ALL are still accepting applications):
- Institute of American Indian Arts, NM: $3600
- Chadron State College, NE: $5637
- Peru State College, NE: $5776
- Mississippi Valley State University, MS: $5916
- Delta State University, MS: $6012
- Minot State University, ND: $6,087
- New Mexico Highlands University, NM: $6,383
- West Texas A&M University, TX: $7620
- Bemidji State University, MN: $8124
- Southwest Minnesota State University, MN: $8385
- Mayville State University, ND: $8675
- Midwestern State University, TX: $9204
- Northern State University, SD: $9563
- Black Hills State University, SD: $9617
- Wayne State College, NE: $9774
- South Dakota State University, SD: $9795
- Harris-Stowe State University, MO: $9853
There are definitely some geographic themes here.
And yes, you may have to be a little adventurous