10 CHEAPEST OUT-OF-STATE TUITION FOR US CITIZENS
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College is a costly investment, but out-of-state students at some public schools can pay a lot less.
That’s significantly lower than the average among all 334 ranked schools that submitted these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, at $21,377. To compare, the average in-state tuition among public universities was $9,130 for 2016-2017.
Alcorn State University in Mississippi tops the list of cheapest colleges for out-of-state students, charging them $6,552 for 2016-2017. Following closely behind was Minot State University in North Dakota, where students pay $6,568.
A few of the colleges on the list – including Minot State University and Bemidji State University in Minnesota – were also among last year’s least expensive colleges for out-of-state students.
Below is a list of the 10 public institutions that charged out-of-state students the least for the 2016-2017 school year. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.
|School name (state)||Tuition and fees (2016-2017)||U.S. News rank and category|
|Alcorn State University (MS)||$6,552||89 (tie), Regional Universities (South)|
|Minot State University (ND)||$6,568||RNP*, Regional Universities (Midwest)|
|Gordon State College (GA)||$6,761||RNP, Regional Colleges (South)|
|University of Texas of the Permian Basin||$7,866||93, Regional Universities (West)|
|Central State University (OH)||$8,096||RNP, Regional Colleges (Midwest)|
|Southwest Minnesota State University||$8,336||RNP, Regional Universities (Midwest)|
|Bemidji State University (MN)||$8,386||115 (tie), Regional Universities (Midwest)|
|New Mexico Highlands University||$8,650||RNP, Regional Universities (West)|
|Dickinson State University (ND)||$8,918||43, Regional Colleges (Midwest)|
|West Texas A&M University||$8,959||91, Regional Universities (West)|
*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.
U.S. News surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2016 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The tuition cost data above are correct as of Sept. 15, 2016.