How Much Does College Cost?

Where you attend college and what you will study are two of the biggest decision you will ever make.  These decisions could greatly impact your life and your future.  While there are many things that will impact this decision, the cost of college is most often at the forefront.  The cost of college needs to be a balance; since it is an investment in your future, spending $20,000 or $30,000 on a four-year degree is not that unreasonable.  You need a good education from a respectable school in order to launch your career in the field of your choice.  However, if you choose a career that will earn you less than$50,000 annually, choosing a school that costs $30,000 per year is probably not a good idea.  Get a general idea of what you want to do in life, and choose a college that is as well-known and respected as you can for the price you are willing to pay.

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How much does college cost?

Listed below are the average cost of college per year that students should expect to pay on an annual basis.  Your fees can greatly vary depending on the school you choose.

TypeTuition and FeesBooksRoom and BoardCommuteOtherTotal
Two-Year
Resident$2,400$1,000$0$0$0$3,400
Commuter$2,400$1,000$8,000$1,200$2,000$14,600
Four-Year Public
Resident$6,700$1,000$8,000$1,000$2,000$18,700
Commuter$6,700$1,000$8,000$1,500$2,000$19,200
Out-of-State$18,500$1,000$7,800$1,000$2,000$30,300
Four-Year Private
Resident$28,000$1,000$9,000$800$1,700$40,500
Commuter$28,000$1,000$8,000$1,300$2,000$40,300

The chart mentioned below are the fees you should expect to pay in your state on an annual basis.  This information was compiled by averaging various universities within the state.

StatePublic Two-YearPublic Four- YearPrivate Four-Year
Alabama
$2,800$4,900$13,500
Alaska
$3,500$4,300$17,000
Arizona
$1,800$4,800$22,000
Arkansas
$2,200$5,900$14,500
California
$900$5,100$29,500
Colorado
$2,600$4,900$29,000
Connecticut
$2,900$7,350$29,700
Delaware
$2,500$7,650$13,500
Florida
$2,200$3,500$23,100
Georgia
$2,450$4,100$21,700
Hawaii
$1,950$4,900$11,100
Idaho
$2,100$4,350$5,800
Illinois
$2,400$8,400$23,200
Indiana
$2,950$6,750$23,900
Iowa
$3,300$6,200$22,000
Kansas
$1,950$5,400$17,400
Kentucky
$3,450$5,900$17,600
Louisiana
1,950$3,900$23,000
Maine
$3,150$6,700$27,500
Maryland
$3,250$7,400$28,200
Massachusetts
$3,750$7,700$31,000
Michigan
$2,400$7,900$16,500
Minnesota
$4,500$7,700$25,000
Mississippi
$1,750$4,600$13,500
Missouri
$2,400$6,700$21,000
Montana
$2,800$5,400$18,000
Nebraska
$2,100$5,300$17,500
Nevada
$1,750$3,800$21,300
New Hampshire
$5,400$10,100$28,000
New Jersey
$3,300$9,400$26,400
New Mexico
$1,200$4,100$24,300
New York
$3,600$5,200$24,500
North Carolina
$1,100$4,200$21,500
North Dakota
$3,400$5,700$11,250
Ohio
$3,600$9,500$23,500
Oklahoma
$2,500$4,400$16,900
Oregon
$3,500$5,800$25,700
Pennsylvania
$4,400$9,700$26,500
Rhode Island
$2,800$7,100$27,100
South Carolina
$3,100$8,500$18,100
South Dakota
$3,700$5,200$18,100
Tennessee
$2,700$5,200$19,200
Texas
$1,800$6,200$19,600
Utah
$2,500$4,200$5,100
Vermont
$5,600$10,500$26,700
Virginia
$2,500$6,800$21,500
Washington
$2,900$5,900$24,500
West Virginia
$2,200$4,500$16,100
Wisconsin
$3,500$6,100$22,500
Wyoming$1,900$3,900$22,500

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