Most and Least Expensive Public Universities by State

Many details get lost when looking at averages. Here we take a look at each US state's most and least expensive 4-year universities

When we decided to look at the most and least expensive public colleges by state, we weren’t ready for some of the odd tidbits of information that came out of our analysis. For instance, there are some major schools that you would expect to see on here like Ohio State or Penn State, but they were no where to be seen.

To us, this report leans towards being more interesting to us than actually useful, but some might find this of use when looking to find the cheapest public bachelors degree in a specific state. It is important to note that this report is using the most recent data the Department of Education has for each school (circa 2017), and that these are all public universities, so you won’t be finding any Ivy League schools in this list. We also only looked at in-state tuition costs, so the typically much higher out-of-state costs are not factored in at all.

Most Expensive Schools

 School NameTuition
AlabamaUniversity of Montevallo$12,400
AlaskaUniversity of Alaska Southeast$6,828
ArizonaUniversity of Arizona$11,877
ArkansasUniversity of Arkansas$9,062
CaliforniaUniversity of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
ColoradoColorado School of Mines$18,386
ConnecticutUniversity of Connecticut$14,880
DelawareUniversity of Delaware$13,160
District of ColumbiaUniversity of the District of Columbia$5,756
FloridaFlorida International University$6,556
GeorgiaGeorgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus$12,418
HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa$11,754
IdahoUniversity of Idaho$7,488
IllinoisUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,074
IndianaIndiana University-Bloomington$10,533
IowaUniversity of Iowa$8,965
KansasUniversity of Kansas$10,824
KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky$11,942
LouisianaLouisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College$11,374
MaineMaine Maritime Academy$13,278
MarylandSt. Mary's College of Maryland$14,496
MassachusettsBenjamin Franklin Institute of Technology$17,450
MichiganMichigan Technological University$15,074
MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
MississippiMississippi State University$8,318
MissouriUniversity of Missouri-Columbia$9,787
MontanaMontana Technological University$7,125
NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln$8,978
NevadaUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas$7,665
New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire-Main Campus$18,067
New JerseyNew Jersey Institute of Technology$16,898
New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico-Main Campus$7,448
New YorkUniversity at Buffalo$9,828
North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts$9,338
North DakotaNorth Dakota State University-Main Campus$8,666
OhioMiami University-Oxford$14,958
OklahomaUniversity of Oklahoma-Norman Campus$11,538
OregonUniversity of Oregon$11,931
PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus$19,080
Rhode IslandUniversity of Rhode Island$13,792
South CarolinaWinthrop University$15,220
South DakotaSouth Dakota School of Mines and Technology$10,400
TennesseeUniversity of Memphis$9,317

Least Expensive Schools

 School NameTuition
AlabamaUniversity of South Alabama$7,812
AlaskaUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
ArizonaDine College$1,410
ArkansasUniversity of Arkansas-Fort Smith$5,577
CaliforniaCalifornia State University-Fresno$6,585
ColoradoColorado Mountain College$1,840
ConnecticutCharter Oak State College$7,983
DelawareDelaware State University$7,868
District of ColumbiaUniversity of the District of Columbia$5,756
FloridaBroward College$1,415
GeorgiaEast Georgia State College$3,110
HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii Maui College$3,158
IdahoLewis-Clark State College$6,334
IllinoisChicago State University$10,252
IndianaVincennes University$5,737
IowaIowa State University$8,636
KansasHaskell Indian Nations University$480
KentuckyKentucky State University$8,184
LouisianaSouthern University at New Orleans$6,421
MaineUniversity of Maine at Machias$7,680
MarylandUniversity of Maryland-University College$7,296
MassachusettsMassachusetts Maritime Academy$8,398
MichiganSchoolcraft College$3,668
MinnesotaMetropolitan State University$7,859
MississippiMississippi Valley State University$6,422
MissouriHarris-Stowe State University$5,340
MontanaThe University of Montana-Western$5,502
NebraskaWayne State College$6,848
NevadaGreat Basin College$3,015
New HampshireGranite State College$7,593
New JerseyThomas Edison State University$7,300
New MexicoNavajo Technical University$4,070
New YorkUnited States Merchant Marine Academy$1,020
North CarolinaElizabeth City State University$4,986
North DakotaBismarck State College$3,832
OhioMiami University-Middletown$5,173
OklahomaOklahoma State University-Oklahoma City$3,836
OregonEastern Oregon University$8,362
PennsylvaniaKutztown University of Pennsylvania$9,987
Rhode IslandRhode Island College$8,776
South CarolinaUniversity of South Carolina-Aiken$10,502
South DakotaOglala Lakota College$2,684
TennesseeAustin Peay State University$7,913

As a followup, we decided to also look at the Most and Least Expensive Private Universities by State.

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