10 Colleges with the Highest In-State Tuition

At each of these public schools, 2019-2020 tuition and fees for in-state students exceeded $17,500, U.S. News data shows.
By Ilana Kowarski, Reporter Feb. 25, 2020

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College hopefuls who want to avoid acquiring an excessive amount of student loan debt often choose to apply to public schools in their home state to capitalize on in-state tuition.]
Louisiana’s Southern University and A&M College was the most expensive school for in-state students during the 2019-2020 school year, with tuition and fees that exceeded $43,300.
Meanwhile, the least expensive public school for in-state students was the United States Merchant Marine Academy in New York, a tuition-free college that charged fees that add up to only $1,050.
Eight of the 10 priciest public schools for in-state students are National Universities, institutions that are often research-oriented and offer a variety of college majors as well as master’s degrees and doctorates.
One school – Southern University and A&M College – is a Regional University, meaning that it offers a broad range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctorates. The remaining school on the list – the Virginia Military Institute – is a National Liberal Arts College, meaning that it emphasizes undergraduate education and awards at least half of its degrees in liberal arts disciplines.


IN-STATE TUITION AND FEES FOR 2019-2020                                                                  
            (U.S. News Rank and Category)

School (State)                                                                        Cost                                                                   Rank
Southern University and A&M College (LA)                 $43,374                                       96-122, Regional Universities (South)
College of William and Mary (VA)                                  $22,922                                                     40 (tie), National Universities
Temple University (PA)                                                     $19,748                                                   104 (tie), National Universities
University of Pittsburgh (PA)                                           $19,718                                                     57 (tie), National Universities
Virginia Military Institute (VA)                                         $19,118                                     72 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Colorado School of Mines (CO)                                       $19,062                                                     84 (tie), National Universities
University of New Hampshire (NH)                                 $18,879                                                   125 (tie), National Universities
University of Vermont (VT)                                               $18,802                                                   121 (tie), National Universities
Pennsylvania State University-University Park             $18,450                                                     57 (tie), National Universities
University of Virginia (VA)                                                 $17,891                                                             28, National Universities

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