Best deals in out-of-state colleges

Great deals in higher education can be found far from home and from coast to coast. Here are this year's very best.

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Mar 7, 2012 10:15AM
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$20+k a year for college? And how many of those hundreds of majors will wind them up with a job that will pay back those student loans? 2-1 odds that over half will land them a job that pays less for at least five years than their student loans and it won't even be in their field of study. Exactly how many positions are there in the real world for comparative literature, or (add your ethnicity of choice here) studies anyway?
Mar 7, 2012 12:31PM
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Who's price range are those numbers supposed to be in exactly? Certainly not mine or any other "average Joe" I know.
Mar 7, 2012 10:02AM
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As a parent of a Florida high school grad, with a 3.8 avg and full Bright Futures scholarship, she couldn't get in to U of FL.  They like out of state students better-more revenue-so "Roll Tide".
Mar 7, 2012 3:51PM
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I would hate to see the elite list if these are a deal.  Toni, it says great DEALS can be found.  I think to the average person, the word deal implies something other than $57,000 per year.  Next article, Great Deals on Maseratis.
Mar 7, 2012 9:51AM
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I am absolutely certain that taxpayers funding federal aid to college students during extremely hard economic times will find these bloated tuition costs refreshing more than any other school's.

 

Certainly.

 

Every bit as much as the federal aid we are providing to students from Haiti or other foreign nations 100% free of charge.

 

You bet.

 

 

Mar 7, 2012 1:50PM
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This list is a joke. My daughter is getting ready to go to college next year so we have looked at a ton of schools. Most of the schools in the Rocky Mountains have a much lower out of state cost than these schools. It's the same old thing, push the ones that pay the most.
Mar 7, 2012 9:35AM
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college students will not need any dating sites with all the frats and soroties wtf? over

Mar 7, 2012 1:22PM
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Is the costs listed for 1-semester, 1-yr, or 4-yrs?
Mar 7, 2012 5:58PM
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If budget is your biggest concern, obviously, you should find the best school that you can get into within the state you live in.  I'm not sure if I buy that colleges prefer out of state students because they bring more money.  When I graduated from my state college, I worked in the president's office.  The admissions dept. has set percentages of in and out of state students they are allowed to take.

And, yes, I agree that $57,000 is bloated BUT if you're going to be a dr., graduating from a school like UVA means you're much more likely to get into a good med school and that tuition is probably worth every penny.  For the average college student, I don't necessarily think it's worth paying out of state tuition...period.  And, I'll stand by the fact that many of these price tags are still MUCH lower than a private education.  And, if you have the money and live in a state like WV, paying out of state tuition to go to a school like UVA may very well be worth it.

Mar 7, 2012 2:26PM
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Kmac- the title of the article is not the cheapest college, its the state schools that give the best deal.  All colleges are not created equal and a cheap price tag doesn't make it so.  The schools in the Rockies are not well known for their academic rigors.  And, sometimes the reputation of a school can go a long way.  If you look at 2 candidates that are virtually the same on paper, the next step is to look at where they graduated from.  A degree from a school like William and Mary, UVa, UCLA carry more weight because they a)attract some of the BEST professors in the country, b)their programs are tough and getting an A in their classes are much harder c)they just have good reputations because they continually put out successful students.  And, in a job market like we're currently in, that difference is important.  From personal experience, I'm a Virginian and 2 schools from VA made the list.  I feel like I went to a pretty good school but had I been able to get into a school like UVa, I would've gone to a GREAT school.  Truth be told, I didn't try.  I had my heart set on my college of choice for other reasons, and yes, the tuition is less than it is at UVa AND, they are only about an hour apart from each other. 

Also, you have to consider that many of these schools (like Uva and William and Mary, UNC, etc) offer education at almost the same standards of Ivy League schools.  Comparatively, it's far cheaper to pay out of state tuition to go to W&M vs. private school tuition to Harvard or Yale.  Don't forget that state schools are subsidized by the state's residents so out of state students have not paid taxes towards the increasing price tag of college education.  That money then comes out of the student's pocket.  So, yes, the prices to seem bloated but not really because state residents pay taxes and they aren't bloated at all in comparison to other private schools.
Mar 7, 2012 12:46PM
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Just saying I think University of Idaho should be in the Top 5. As an out of state student I pay roughly $10,000 a YEAR for full-time tuition (with Pell Grant of $ 5,500) and approximately $4,000 in housing and food. So total that is

around    $14,000 with Grant and $19,500 without. So that is about $18,000-$12,000 less and It has a great business program, which admittedly I am a finance/accounting major, but a lot of companies only hire U of I grads out of the schools IBC program. Just saying.

Jul 5, 2013 11:49AM
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"And how cool is it to graduate from a school whose alums include (from left above) Presidents James Monroe, John Tyler, and Thomas Jefferson?"

An an out-of-state alumnus of William & Mary (Go Tribe!) the answer is: Very Cool!!
Mar 7, 2012 11:50AM
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WESTERN edge of Los Angeles ... geography counts.

 

Mar 7, 2012 4:53PM
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We are very proud of all our state universities here in North Carolina.  Would love to see our flagship school, UNC Chapel Hill, and all of our state colleges raise our out of state tuition!   We  provide a wonderful education to out of state students at a "deal" , but lets start letting more of our instate kids in!  Give them the deal!         

Mar 7, 2012 11:12AM
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20+k a year for college? And how many of those hundreds of majors will wind them up with a job that will pay back those student loans? 2-1 odds that over half will land them a job that pays less for at least five years than their student loans and it won't even be in their field of study. Exactly how many positions are there in the real world for comparative literature, or (add your ethnicity of choice here) studies anyway?
Mar 7, 2012 11:03AM
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College today is a scam! Nothing but brainwashed professors from other countries teaching our kids Shari law and Muslim ideals. Get a real job and learn a trade
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