15 Colleges With Affordable Out-of-State Tuition

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Find a cheap out-of-state college.

The cost of tuition and fees is one of the biggest barriers for many prospective college students. Some public schools offer affordable tuition to in-state students and keep costs low for those from out of state, as well. Students looking for a low-cost education outside their home state should take a look at the following 15 colleges. This list includes three historically Black colleges and universities -- Alcorn, Central and Elizabeth City state universities -- and all but two on the list are located in the South or Midwest. The list excludes U.S. service academies, which provide free tuition in exchange for a military obligation following graduation, and colleges in Puerto Rico, which tend to charge a lower amount than schools on the U.S. mainland.

Central State University (OH)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $10,450

U.S. News rank: 58-76, Regional Colleges (Midwest)

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,021

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Glenville State College (WV)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $10,014

U.S. News rank: 43, Regional Colleges (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,583

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Southwest Minnesota State University

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $9,485

U.S. News rank: 119-157, Regional Universities (Midwest)

Undergraduate enrollment (fall 2019): 6,636

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Bemidji State University (MN)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $9,192

U.S. News rank: 88 (tie), Regional Universities (Midwest)

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,108

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Nicholls State University (LA)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $9,039

U.S. News rank: 88 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,674

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Granite State College (NH)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $9,015

U.S. News rank: 131-171, Regional Universities (North)

Undergraduate enrollment (fall 2019): 1,729

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Delta State University (MS)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $8,360

U.S. News rank: 74 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,331

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Minot State University (ND)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $8,164

U.S. News rank: 104 (tie), Regional Universities (Midwest)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,656

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Elizabeth City State University (NC)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $8,047

U.S. News rank: 33 (tie), Regional Colleges (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,910

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Mississippi University for Women

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $7,756

U.S. News rank: 44 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,418

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $7,665

U.S. News rank: 24, Regional Colleges (West)

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,337

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Alcorn State University (MS)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $7,596

U.S. News rank: 74 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,729

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Wayne State College (NE)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $7,458

U.S. News rank: 88 (tie), Regional Universities (Midwest)

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,440

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University of North Carolina--Pembroke

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $5,000

U.S. News rank: 65 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 6,436

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Western Carolina University (NC)

Out-of-state tuition and fees (2021-2022): $5,000

U.S. News rank: 21 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Undergraduate enrollment: 10,517

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Public colleges with cheapest out-of-state tuition

-- University of North Carolina--Pembroke: $5,000

-- Western Carolina University: $5,000

-- Wayne State College: $7,458

-- Alcorn State University: $7,596

-- Oklahoma Panhandle State University: $7,665

-- Mississippi University for Women: $7,756

-- Elizabeth City State University: $8,047

-- Minot State University: $8,164

-- Delta State University: $8,360

-- Granite State College: $9,015

-- Nicholls State University: $9,039

-- Bemidji State University: $9,192

-- Southwest Minnesota State University: $9,485

-- Glenville State College: $10,014

-- Central State University: $10,450

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