Average Tuition Costs by State

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Average Tuition Costs by State

You’d better stock up on ramen, because tuition continues to be on the rise.  Collegeboard.org recently published the average tuitions for the 2015-2016 school year.  What did they find? Students on average will have to pay $617 to $1,476 more that they did last year for tuition and room and board.  Your costs may have went up even more depending on what state you live in. This year the state of New Hampshire has the highest tuition cost in the country coming in at $15,160 per school year.  Wyoming comes in with the lowest average cost of school at $2,092 per school year.

How does your state compare?  Check it out below.

 

Public Four-Year In-State Tuition and Fees

2004-05 2010-11 2015-16 5-Year % Change
Alabama $4,510 $7,373 $9,751 32%
Alaska $3,435 $5,261 $6,571 25%
Arizona $4,078 $8,075 $10,646 32%
Arkansas $4,581 $6,304 $7,867 25%
California $4,195 $7,485 $9,270 24%
Colorado $3,733 $7,078 $9,748 38%
Connecticut $6,336 $8,977 $11,397 27%
Delaware $6,629 $9,623 $11,676 21%
District of Columbia $2,520 $7,000 $7,421 6%
Florida $3,054 $5,034 $6,360 26%
Georgia $3,411 $5,872 $8,447 44%
Hawaii $3,386 $7,458 $10,175 36%
Idaho $3,591 $5,330 $6,818 28%
Illinois $6,494 $10,969 $13,189 20%
Indiana $5,847 $7,988 $9,120 14%
Iowa $5,407 $7,155 $7,877 10%
Kansas $4,242 $6,627 $8,530 29%
Kentucky $4,476 $7,519 $9,567 27%
Louisiana $3,534 $4,733 $7,871 66%
Maine $5,601 $8,945 $9,573 7%
Maryland $6,770 $7,737 $9,163 18%
Massachusetts $7,034 $9,488 $11,588 22%
Michigan $6,294 $10,135 $11,991 18%
Minnesota $6,463 $9,387 $10,831 15%
Mississippi $3,991 $5,294 $7,147 35%
Missouri $5,934 $7,271 $8,564 18%
Montana $4,468 $5,612 $6,351 13%
Nebraska $4,720 $6,600 $7,608 15%
Nevada $2,874 $5,318 $6,667 25%
New Hampshire $8,085 $11,946 $15,160 27%
New Jersey $7,979 $11,649 $13,303 14%
New Mexico $3,909 $5,128 $6,355 24%
New York $4,948 $5,793 $7,644 32%
North Carolina $3,566 $5,323 $6,973 31%
North Dakota $4,606 $6,569 $7,688 17%
Ohio $8,236 $9,056 $10,196 13%
Oklahoma $3,535 $5,750 $7,450 30%
Oregon $5,221 $7,434 $9,371 26%
Pennsylvania $8,249 $11,331 $13,395 18%
Puerto Rico $1,174 $2,549 $2,092 -18%
Rhode Island $5,933 $9,319 $11,390 22%
South Carolina $6,611 $10,063 $11,816 17%
South Dakota $4,348 $6,318 $8,055 27%
Tennessee $4,306 $6,522 $9,263 42%
Texas $5,075 $7,744 $9,117 18%
Utah $3,274 $4,916 $6,363 29%
Vermont $8,783 $12,474 $14,993 20%
Virginia $5,579 $8,809 $11,819 34%
Washington $4,914 $8,197 $10,288 26%
West Virginia $3,631 $5,226 $7,171 37%
Wisconsin $5,218 $7,711 $8,815 14%
Wyoming $3,243 $3,927 $4,891 25%

SOURCE: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges.
Note: Average tuition and fee prices are weighted by full-time enrollment.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay the tuition above EVERY YEAR until you graduate.  It starts adding up pretty quickly. Whether your state comes in at the highest or lowest price, you’re going to need money to pay for school.  Now is the time to start applying to scholarships to help you cover the cost.

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