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States with the Most (and Least) Affordable Colleges

States with Affordable (and Pricey) Colleges

Average in-state tuition at public four-year universities rose by just 2.9% this year, the smallest increase in more than three decades, according to data released last week by College Board. When adjusted for inflation, it has barely increased at all.

In the current school year, the average cost of tuition and fees at a public, four-year institution for an in-state student is $8,093. At a private four-year university, tuition and fees are more than $30,000. With the cost of tuition for private universities still astronomically high, more students may be opting to attend a public school within their home state.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed College Board’s 2013 Trends In College Pricing’s list of average tuition and fees for in-state students of public colleges and universities for the 2013-2014 school year. They also reviewed current average and historical inflation-adjusted tuition and fees for public two-year and private two- and four-year universities. College Board also provided these figures for each state’s flagship university, which is considered the most prestigious public university within the state. From the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey, they reviewed household income data, as well as the proportion of state adults with a bachelor’s degree. From the Bureau of Economic Analysis, they reviewed the relative cost of consumer goods and services, by state, for 2011. Figures on student debt for the class of 2011 are from The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), while 2-year default rates for the 2011 fiscal year from the Department of Education.

Here are the five states with the most affordable and five states with the least affordable colleges. See the complete top 10 lists for each category at 24/7 Wall St.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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