From frat parties to football games to awesome adventures with great friends (and a little bit of studying, of course), college is an amazing experience. But all of the fun can come with a hefty price tag.
According to a U.S. News annual survey, the average tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year was $34,999 for private universities. The cost to attend a state university was $9,528 for residents and $21,632 for out-of-state students.
The exorbitant cost of college often forces families to make tough choices. Some students have had to give up on attending their dream school for a cheaper alternative. A study by the EAB found that 40% of students rejected their first choice college for financial reasons.
The other alternative is taking out massive student loans that students may end up paying for long after they earn their degree. Student loan debt is the second-highest consumer debt category, behind mortgage debt and ahead of credit cards and auto loans, according to Forbes.
But the prospect of massive debt doesn’t have to keep you from having an amazing college experience. There are some colleges and universities across the country that are more affordable than the national average. With all of the money you’ll save, you can eat more than ramen noodles while you’re there.
Chadron State College Chadron State College
Chadron State College is a public college located in Chadron, Nebraska. Students can choose from over 50 undergraduate programs, including Criminal Justice and Graphic Design. Class sizes are small, with an average of 14 students. In 2017, a 12-hour course load was $2,872 for in-state students, $2,884 for non-residents, helping the school earn the title of lowest out-of-state tuition for 2017 from Bestcolleges.com.
Minot State University minotstateuniversity/Facebook
Bestcolleges.com ranked Minot State University 3rd in the nation for lowest out-of-state tuition. For the 2017 – 2018 school year, out of state tuition and fees were $6,809. The school, located in Minot, ND, offers a small campus environment, with just under 2,000 full-time undergraduate studentsenrolled.
There are a wide variety of academic majors, including Elementary Education, Theatre Arts, and International Business. The school also makes it a priority to help underserved communities, with a program which offers tutoring, academic advising, and career exploration workshops for first-generation college students and students with disabilities.
Mississippi Valley State University Mississippi Valley State
Founded as Mississippi Vocational College in 1946, Mississippi Valley State University was established to train teachers and provide vocational training. Today, students can choose from a variety of academic programs, including Fine Arts, Social Work, and Mass Communications. Out of state tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $3,275.
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