8 Colleges With Inexpensive Out-of-State Tuition

If you’d like to travel to another state and still score cheap tuition, consider one of these seven schools.

By Sydney Nikols | February 17, 2017

When it comes to cost, the difference between being in-state or out-of-state can vary widely from one school (or one state) to the next.
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Cost is an important factor to consider when finding a college that’s right for you – after all, you’ll have to budget for books and booze, too. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost for out of state tuition in 2012 was $20,609 a year. If you’re looking for a public school with cheap annual out-of-state tuition, these seven universities ought to be at the top of your list.

Let this list quell your fears about paying for an out-of-state college.

1. Minot State University

Tuition and Fees: $5,921

Minot State University, whose urban campus sits in Minot, ND, in the Great Plains region, aims to offer students connections to the local culture and land. The school’s most popular major is Business Administration and Management, and they win for cheapest out-of-state tuition at a ridiculously low total cost of $5,921. (Yes, you read that right. Crazy, we know.)

2. West Texas A&M University

Tuition and Fees: $7,630

Located in Canyon, TX, West Texas A&M University is best known for its programs in agriculture, music, business, teacher prep and nursing, and it also caters to distance learners who can’t consistently show up to a physical classroom.

3. Bemidji State University

Tuition and Fees: $8,106

Of the 4,744 undergrads that attend Bemidji State University on the shore of Lake Bemidji in rural Minnesota, a full 64.6 percent receive need-based financial aid. The most popular majors are in the area of business, and we’re not surprised – students who choose this financially wise option for college obviously have a mind for the subject.

4. Mayville State University

Tuition and Fees: $8,436

Mayville State University was ranked 58th on U.S. News and World Report’s list of the best regional colleges in the Midwest, and not only is the tuition cheap, but students receive laptop computers to use around the school’s wifi-ridden rural campus in Mayville, ND. Cheap tuition and free stuff – what more could you really want?

5. Northern State University

Tuition and Fees: $9,133

Northern State University, ranked number 56 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best regional colleges in the Midwest, has a tiny undergrad enrollment of 2,967, and 66.1 percent of them receive need-based financial aid. If the idea of going to school in seemingly rural South Dakota freaks you out, don’t let it – the school is actually located in Aberdeen, SD, the third-largest city in the state.

In addition to low cost, NSU also has a competitive women's basketball team.

6. Midwestern State University

Tuition and Fees: $9,188

Midwestern State University’s urban setting in Wichita Falls, TX, must breed an air of open-mindedness – the school’s most popular major is interdisciplinary studies. Oh, and if you come to the school from out of state, you’ll be a total trendsetter – only five percent of all students hail from outside Texas.

7. Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Tuition and Fees: $9,244

Even though Louisiana State University at Alexandria is public, your experience there may feel pretty private – it’s located in rural central Louisiana, only has 2,407 undergrads, and most classes contain under 20 students. It’s also the only public school in the state that’s exclusively for undergrads, so you won’t be competing for professorial attention with people who are working toward their master’s.

If this list hasn’t quelled your fears about paying for an out-of-state college, we fear that nothing will (except, of course, for winning the lottery).

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