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Ten Cheapest States for In-State Tuition

Yep, it’s cheaper to go to college near where you live, but how much?



For most people, probably the biggest factor in choosing where to go to college is cost. Attending college close to home can save thousands of dollars with advantages such as in-state tuition, minimal transportation costs and the option to live at home.

However, the in-state tuition rates vary greatly from state to state.

“The College of William and Mary in Virginia charged $20,287 in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year, the highest in-state tuition out of the 424 ranked universities that reported these data to U.S. News in an annual survey,” according to U.S.News.

In Georgia, on the other end of the spectrum, Savannah State University charged only $3,367 in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year, the lowest in-state tuition rate among public colleges.

This map shows the cheapest locations to get a college education.














“Some states have specific programs in place to make college easier to pay for students; other colleges are just located in states where the cost of living tends to be cheaper, which will certainly also make your college cheaper, but also has the potential to lower the quality or value of that education,” ZIPPIA reported.

Here are the ten cheapest states for in-state tuition:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Florida
  3. Montana
  4. Utah
  5. New Mexico
  6. Nevada
  7. Idaho
  8. Alaska
  9. North Carolina
  10. Mississippi

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Gigi Foster is a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She's a midfielder on the women's soccer team and is studying ocean sciences.

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