Raining Benjamins: States With Highest Tuition for Public Universities

Here's how the average tuition for attending a four-year, public school in Illinois compares to other states.

One pressing issue in this year's gubernatorial race is the high cost of public colleges and universities in Illinois, even for in-state students. We took a look at the states with the highest average tuition for in-state public universities for in-state students.

Unfortunately, Illinois finished in the top 10. Public universities are supposed to over a cheaper alternative to in-state students than public universities and, while they still do, sending a student to an in-state public school still offers a whack to the wallet.

With information culled from the Chronicle of Higher Education, we give you the ten states with the highest average public school tuition.


The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Bernard Johnson February 18, 2014 at 11:21 PM
Actually, I don't know what the source[s] used for that list was, but, for the sole university in the Illinois system worth {possibly} attending, according to the U of I's own web site, the base {the lowest full time tuition} at the U of I is presently "$12,036" for the entering freshman in the fall of 2014; to which you must add "$3,566" in fees. That's $15,602 - excluding room, board, books, etc, etc. Now, if you want to study something like engineering, your in-state/resident tuition jumps up to "$17,040" - plus fees of $3,566, or $20,606 {again, without room, board, etc, etc.}. If you add the support to the operating expenses of U of I from Illinois' taxpayers contribute, a family sending their undergraduate child to the U of I @ Champaign is actually paying through the nose. The U of I @ Champaign ranks much nearer the top {highest tution and fees costs} - if not THE highest in the nation of a 'public' university. If your student is any kind of academic achiever, they may well qualify for academic achievement scholarships at some fine universities out of state [public and/or private] and they may well wind up costing LESS than the U of I @ Champaign. They may also have lower student/faculty ratios and fewer overseas/international students. Let's face it, like msot things in the dire State of Illinois, our fiscal mismanagement has already taken its toll [literally] on the affordability and accessability of the sole flag-ship state campus. Fully 2/3rds of the U of I's graduate students are non-residents and less than 75% of undergraduates are from Illinois. The fiscal mismanagement and corruption in/of Illinois has countless real costs and the U of I's high costs to residents is but one of them.
Bernard Johnson February 19, 2014 at 12:08 AM
http://www.osfa.illinois.edu/cost/undergrad/res_1415.html $35,154+ - a year, to study engineering at the U of I, Champaign, as a resident/in-state undergraduate. That's $140,616 - give or take. Gross, non-resident, undergradute tuition at Iowa State is $9,600 per semester / $19,200 year [though it does rise to $10,642 a semester in the junior and senior years for engineering majors]. Still, that's only a couple of thousand a year more than the U of I @ Champaign and that's 'gross.' Non-resident students at Iowa State who were in the top 25% of their high-school graduating class can receive an annual scholarship of between $500 and $4,500 a year in/for each of their four years {so long as they maintain at least a 2.0 GPA}. Posted Sep 10, 2013 4:41 pm AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University is again among the top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings out today. Iowa State is in a six-way tie for 47th among 173 best national public universities and 101st overall in the “Best National Universities” category, which includes 281 American universities offering a broad range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Last year, Iowa State tied for 46th among publics and was 101st overall. In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the 4th ranked program among all national universities, and 4th among public universities. In materials engineering, ISU is ranked 9th among public universities and 15th among all national universities. Among public universities’ engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, ISU’s College of Engineering ranks 20th. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s engineering program ranks 35th (an eight-way tie with Brown University, Providence, R.I.; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Florida, Gainesville; the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.) Last year, Iowa State was 22nd among public programs and tied for 39th overall. Pretty darn good company and trending upward.
Voice of Reason February 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Herc: "Sorry, there's no professor out there worth $200,000.00."? That being said, you'll probably be glad to know that there are employees at Niles Twp. H.S. District 219 that make upwards of $273,000 a year. You can learn more about the compensation for 219 and other School District Employees (which is a matter of public record since they're paid with Taxpayer funds) at the Family Taxpayer's Network website. Remember this when you vote in the next elections as to who's endorsed by the Teacher's Unions, or when you pay your Property Tax Bill in a few weeks.
Ken February 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM
We have sooooo many ppl living off the state here either by working for IL, or drawing entitlements here. Any wonder why the large debt and "blue-forever" philosophy? Everybody feels they are owed what they were promised, and nobody feels any accountability for contributing to the problem. So, do what you can for yourself here and get out. Live below your means, and do your best to minimize your exposure to the ever-expanding entitlement state. When enough companies move out, and the taxes are too much, the downward spiral will accelerate, but not until then. Just do your best not to be around here when the Victi-crats are ask to start paying for and working for what they want.
Herc February 19, 2014 at 02:34 PM
This state is another Detroit......just waiting for the collapse. Voice, that just makes me ill! We need term limits and get rid of the liberal progressives and yes they're in both parties! Where's Illinois Scott Walker?


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