For the budget-conscious high school senior, it seems like a no-brainer to apply to the local state school for the best shot at affordable tuition. But with the economy in a slump and funding cuts becoming the norm, public universities across the country are more interested in recruiting out-of-state students. Why? It’s pretty simple: On average, tuition and fees for students crossing state lines is more than double that of their in-state peers. So if you have your sights set on schools beyond your state’s boundaries, check out the 10 most expensive public schools for out-of-state students (figures do not including room and board, books and other miscellaneous costs):
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor: $37, 265
- University of Virginia: $36,570
- University of California – Irvine: $35,780
- University of California – Davis: $35,672
- College of William and Mary (VA): $35, 409
- University of California – Santa Barbara: $35,386
- University of California – Santa Cruz: $35,211
- University of California – San Diego: $35,006
- University of California – Riverside: $34,729
- University of California – Berkeley: $34,645
Did your prospective college make the list and does this information alter your interest in the school? Is it fair for colleges facing financial woes to place the burden on the shoulders of incoming out-of-state students?
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