The Most Expensive College in Every State

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When a baby is born, parents often open an account to save for their child's college education. While they can't project how much four years of college will cost 18 years down the road, one thing is certain when looking at today's costs for tuition, room and board. The balance in the account might need to cover a sizable bill.

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Results vary dramatically from state to state. Although the University of Wyoming, for instance, costs comparatively little — $34,530 including room and board — the University of Chicago tops out at a whopping $81,531. Variances in total cost are not just based on tuition, however. The costs for room and board are all over the map, as well, with Hawaii Pacific University charging $19,260 while the University of Jamestown in North Dakota asks for just $8,316.

If you're trying to decide whether the costs justify the benefits at these expensive campuses, remember to factor in each school's attendance policy going forward. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, you might be shelling out a lot of money for distance learning as some states aren't even planning on opening schools into 2021.

See how much it costs to attend the costliest colleges in your state.

Last updated: Oct. 21, 2021

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                            Alabama: Spring Hill College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $46,481
Annual cost of room and board: $14,062
Total cost: $60,543
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                            Alaska: University of Alaska Anchorage
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $33,548
Annual cost of room and board: $12,662
Total cost: $46,210
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                            Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $37,964
Annual cost of room and board: $12,174
Total cost: $56,260
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                            Arkansas: Hendrix College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $53,490
Annual cost of room and board: $12,820
Total cost: $66,310

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                            California: University of Southern California
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,753
Annual cost of room and board: $16,398
Total cost: $80,151

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                            Colorado: Colorado College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,688
Annual cost of room and board: $13,392
Total cost: $78,080
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                            Connecticut: Yale University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $62,170
Annual cost of room and board: $17,200
Total cost: $79,370

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                            Delaware: University of Delaware
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $38,890
Annual cost of room and board: $13,472
Total cost: $52,362

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                            District of Columbia: Georgetown University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,722
Annual cost of room and board: $17,032
Total cost: $78,754

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                            Florida: University of Miami
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $58,242
Annual cost of room and board: $15,470
Total cost: $73,712

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                            Georgia: Emory University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $57,642
Annual cost of room and board: $15,242
Total cost: $72,884

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                            Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $32,760
Annual cost of room and board: $19,260
Total cost: $52,020
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                            Idaho: The College of Idaho
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $36,255
Annual cost of room and board: $10,650
Total cost: $46,905

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                            Illinois: The University of Chicago
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,527
Annual cost of room and board: $17,004
Total cost: $81,531

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                            Indiana: University of Notre Dame
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $60,899
Annual cost of room and board: $15,984
Total cost: $76,883

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                            Iowa: Grinnell College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $59,780
Annual cost of room and board: $13,864
Total cost: $73,644

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                            Kansas: Bethany College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $37,880
Annual cost of room and board: $12,360
Total cost: $50,240
Pictured: Kansas City, Kansas, roughly three hours away from Lindsborg, Kansas, where Bethany College is located

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                            Kentucky: Bellarmine University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $51,660
Annual cost of room and board: $9,420
Total cost: $61,080

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                            Louisiana: Tulane University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $62,432
Annual cost of room and board: $16,248
Total cost: $78,680

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                            Maine: Colby College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,130
Annual cost of room and board: $15,295
Total cost: $76,425
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                            Maryland: Loyola University Maryland
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $53,950
Annual cost of room and board: $15,820
Total cost: $69,770

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                            Massachusetts: Amherst College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,690
Annual cost of room and board: $15,910
Total cost: $79,600

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                            Michigan: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $55,768
Annual cost of room and board: $12,034
Total cost: $67,802

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                            Minnesota: Carleton College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,953
Annual cost of room and board: $15,147
Total cost: $77,100

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                            Mississippi: Millsaps College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $44,306
Annual cost of room and board: $14,210
Total cost: $58,516

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                            Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $62,184
Annual cost of room and board: $17,402
Total cost: $79,586

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                            Montana: Carroll College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $41,642
Annual cost of room and board: $10,262
Total cost: $51,904
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                            Nebraska: Creighton University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $47,018
Annual cost of room and board: $11,600
Total cost: $58,618

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                            Nevada: Sierra Nevada University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $39,408
Annual cost of room and board: $13,825
Total cost: $53,233

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                            New Hampshire: Dartmouth College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,162
Annual cost of room and board: $17,022
Total cost: $80,184

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                            New Jersey: Stevens Institute of Technology
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $58,172
Annual cost of room and board: $16,260
Total cost: $74,432

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                            New Mexico: St. John’s College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $37,520
Annual cost of room and board: $13,570
Total cost: $51,090

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                            New York: Fordham University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $60,151
Annual cost of room and board: $19,065
Total cost: $79,216

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                            North Carolina: Wake Forest University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,758
Annual cost of room and board: $15,520
Total cost: $77,278

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Matthew L. / Yelper

                            North Dakota: University of Jamestown
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $27,998
Annual cost of room and board: $8,316
Total cost: $36,314
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                            Ohio: Oberlin College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,962
Annual cost of room and board: $17,334
Total cost: $79,296

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                            Oklahoma: The University of Tulsa
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $51,745
Annual cost of room and board: $12,062
Total cost: $63,807

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                            Oregon: Reed College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,120
Annual cost of room and board: $14,980
Total cost: $78,100

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                            Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,326
Annual cost of room and board: $16,784
Total cost: $81,110

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                            Rhode Island: Brown University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,540
Annual cost of room and board: $15,908
Total cost: $80,448

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                            South Carolina: Furman University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $54,872
Annual cost of room and board: $13,362
Total cost: $68,234

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Alexius Horatius / Wikimedia Commons

                            South Dakota: Augustana University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $43,184
Annual cost of room and board: $8,616
Total cost: $51,800

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                            Tennessee: Vanderbilt University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $58,374
Annual cost of room and board: $17,670
Total cost: $76,044

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                            Texas: Southern Methodist University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,940
Annual cost of room and board: $17,110
Total cost: $79,050

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                            Utah: Westminster College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $42,846
Annual cost of room and board: $11,097
Total cost: $53,943

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Jacob Boomsma / Getty Images/iStockphoto

                            Vermont: Landmark College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $65,780
Annual cost of room and board: $13,420
Total cost: $79,200
Pictured: Bennington, Vermont

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                            Virginia: Washington and Lee University
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,790
Annual cost of room and board: $15,810
Total cost: $77,600

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Sean Pavone / Getty Images/iStockphoto

                            Washington: University of Puget Sound
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $56,181
Annual cost of room and board: $13,480
Total cost: $69,661

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                            West Virginia: University of Charleston
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $36,600
Annual cost of room and board: $10,500
Total cost: $47,100
Pictured: Wheeling, West Virginia, roughly less than an hour away from Bethany, West Virginia, where Bethany College is located

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                            Wisconsin: Beloit College
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $55,742
Annual cost of room and board: $9,688
Total cost: $65,430

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                            Wyoming: University of Wyoming
Annual cost of tuition and fees: $23,915
Annual cost of room and board: $10,615
Total cost: $34,530
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Bob Haegele contributed to the reporting for this article.Photo disclaimer: Photos are for illustrative purposes only.Methodology: In order to discover the most expensive college in every state, GOBankingRates used the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data for the 2020/21 academic year to source the most expensive institution in terms of (1) cost of out-of-state tuition and fees AND room and board for the 2020/21. GOBankingRates also sourced each institution's: (2) annual cost for on campus room and board; and (3) total tuition price for out-of-state students. The institution from each state with the largest total for factor (1) was selected as the most expensive from their respective state. All data was collected and is up to date as of Sept. 29, 2021.

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