Cheapest Online Colleges of 2015: Affordable Schools
Studying out of state is an exciting opportunity. Our free database helps make it affordable! Find the lowest out of state tuitions with the chart below. Click to rearrange the college list by state, school size and other factors. Our college database includes more than 3000 public and private colleges, universities and trade schools in the USA.
Why is out of state tuition sometimes expensive? Tuition is cheapest for state residents because state schools receive state taxpayers’ money. For “outsiders” a school adds anywhere from $0 to many thousands per year. (At the high end is the University of Virginia, which adds about $30,000/year in tuition and fees!) We help you find great schools with small tuition gaps.
Remember your “bonus states” while looking for the lowest out of state tuition. Sometimes neighboring states make tuition agreements, giving each other’s residents in-state prices or their lowest out of state tuition rates. Scroll down for examples.
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Tips for Getting the Lowest Tuition
1. Find State-To-State Deals
Cross the border for low tuition! State schools often let residents of neighboring states pay in-state tuition. In other cases they guarantee their lowest out-of-state cost to people in the region. Here are three top examples.
- Midwestern Colleges
The Midwest Student Exchange Program automatically gives tuition discounts to residents attending eligible state schools in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
- New England Colleges
More than 80 state colleges and universities forming the New England Board of Higher Education give their lowest out-of-state tuitions to residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
- Western Colleges
The Western Undergraduate Exchange includes schools in Alaska and Hawaii along with dozens in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Students must complete extra paperwork in order to be considered. Not all applicants are offered the lowest out-of-state tuition.
Many states make independent agreements too. For example, schools in South Dakota give nearly in-state rates to Minnesotans and also have a generous “Border Bonus” for residents of Wyoming.
2. Become a State Resident
If you live near school for most of the year, why keep paying out-of-state tuition? Many students forget that they can establish state residency after 12 months. Some ways to help establish residency are registering to vote, getting a state driver’s license and setting up a local bank account.
|Institution Name||City||Out-of-State Cost||Distance Learning||Net Cost||Website|
|San Bernardino Valley College||San Bernardino||$0||✔||$7,446||Go|
|Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute||Albuquerque||$0||✔||$8,436||Go|
|College of Charleston||Charleston||$70||✔||$16,628||Go|
|Citadel Military College of South Carolina||Charleston||$410||✔||$16,157||Go|
|Blue Ridge Community and Technical College||Martinsburg||$888||✔||$8,582||Go|
|College of the Redwoods||Eureka||$1,104||✔||$5,649||Go|
|Rio Grande Bible Institute||Edinburg||$1,190||✔||N/A||Go|
|Palo Verde College||Blythe||$1,288||✔||$8,664||Go|
|Skyline College||San Bruno||$1,380||✔||$5,222||Go|
|New Mexico Junior College||Hobbs||$1,488||✔||$8,771||Go|
|Dodge City Community College||Dodge City||$1,500||✔||$8,525||Go|
|South Plains College||Levelland||$1,525||✔||$4,462||Go|
|Wharton County Junior College||Wharton||$1,536||✔||$3,890||Go|
|Fort Peck Community College||Poplar||$1,680||✔||$4,106||Go|
|Allen County Community College||Iola||$1,728||✔||$6,326||Go|
|Turtle Mountain Community College||Belcourt||$1,776||✔||N/A||Go|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale||$1,810||✔||$8,174||Go|
|Neosho County Community College||Chanute||$1,904||✔||$8,239||Go|
|Oglala Lakota College||Kyle||$1,920||✔||$3,324||Go|
|Pratt Community College||Pratt||$1,984||✔||$6,025||Go|
|Blackfeet Community College||Browning||$2,040||✔||N/A||Go|
|Frank Phillips College||Borger||$2,100||✔||$6,012||Go|
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