8 Affordable Out-Of-State Tuition Universities and Colleges

These Schools Offer the Best Deals for Out-Of-State Students

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As a parent, paying for college may be one of the largest financial investments you'll ever make, particularly if your child wants to go to a school outside of your state. One report found that the average out-of-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions was $27,560 for the 2021-22 academic year (it was $10,740 for in-state tuition).

While having your child attend an in-state school can yield savings, going to college outside of your state may be necessary to allow them to pursue a certain degree program, or it may be their personal preference. If you're focused on keeping higher education expenses in check and don't have access to scholarships, looking for schools with the cheapest out-of-state tuition is a must.

Out-of-state tuition applies to students who aren't considered state residents. Because public universities are funded in part with tax dollars from residents of that state, they effectively get a discount in the form of in-state tuition.

Here are nine colleges that offer the best value to out-of-state students and parents alike (all figures are from the 2022-23 academic year).

1. Chadron State College

Chadron State College is located in Chadron, Nebraska, and it offers a cozy setting for students. For parents, it also comes with a low price tag. A 15-credit on-campus semester at the school for non-resident students costs just $3,745 making it the most cost-friendly choice on the list for out-of-state undergrads.

2. Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University is a great choice for students who have their eye on a STEM degree, and it's excellent for parents who are looking for the cheapest out-of-state tuition. Tuition for an out-of-state student taking 15 credit hours is $13,078 with boarding ($9,317 for those able to commute). Additionally, qualifying students can take advantage of a waiver, allowing them to pay resident tuition of just $8,773 ($5,012 if commuting).

3. Minot State University

Minot State University is a smaller school, but some students may appreciate its intimate feel. Also, there is no out-of-state tuition rate—all students pay the same, which is just $8,507 ($15,087 when you include meals and boarding). As the third-largest university in North Dakota, degree offerings are varied and include accounting, broadcasting, environmental geology, personal finance, and theater arts.


Minot State also offers banded tuition, meaning you pay the same price for 12 credits as you would for 18 credits.

4. Alcorn State University

Mississippi is home to Alcorn State University and similar to some of its southern cohorts included on the list, it's a steal for parents and students looking for inexpensive out-of-state tuition. Alcorn State does not charge differently for in-state or out-of-state students, with a 12-hour semester priced at $7,776 (including boarding) for all students. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate offerings, this historically Black college is the first in the nation to offer a master's degree in NCAA Compliance.


Many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) endeavor to keep their costs affordable. One report showed that HBCUs are on average 30% cheaper than comparable institutions.

5. University of Florida

The University of Florida is a larger school and at first glance, out-of-state tuition prices don't look cheap, with the average tuition rate at $28,658. But thanks to financial aid, which more than 90% of students received in that price can drop considerably. Because this school has higher enrollment numbers, however, students and parents will want to fill out the FAFSA as early as possible to qualify for aid.

6. Grand Canyon University

If your student is interested in a desert view, Grand Canyon University might be just what they're looking for. The university is unique in that rather than charging in-state and out-of-state tuition rates, all students pay the same price. Out-of-state undergrads pay $8,250 per semester to earn a degree here (the same as in-state). Degree offerings run the gamut from business and engineering to performing arts and theology.

7. Mayville State University

The tuition price for this North Dakota university depends heavily on which state you come from, from a low of $8,654 annually for Minnesota to $11,131 for the majority of states. With smaller class sizes, this school is a great choice for students who want to get to know their classmates and their professors.

8. Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University is another school that has a stellar reputation as being a research institution and students come here from all over the world to study different fields of engineering, chemistry, computer science, and geology. The listed price of tuition for out-of-state tuition is not cheap: $39,256. However, Michigan Tech awards many students financial aid each year that is meant specifically for non-residents.

Additionally, out-of-state students may be able to get the in-state rate if they are a veteran, have a parent or spouse in active duty in the military, or have a parent or grandparent who attended the school—which would bring the price down to just $7,830, making it appealing to budget-conscious parents.


One thing to keep in mind when looking for the cheapest out-of-state tuition is that tuition is only one part of the picture. Parents and students also need to factor in room and board, materials, and costs may affect the total cost of attendance when choosing a school.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the cheapest out-of-state college?

Minot State University consistently ranks among the cheapest options for students hoping to attend a university as a non-resident. Tuition for the 2022-23 academic year was just $8,507 for both in-state and out-of-state students. What's more, Minot State also uses banded tuition, meaning it charges the same for 12 credits as it does for 18.

Does FAFSA cover out-of-state tuition?

Yes. Regardless of what institution you attend, whether private or as a non-resident, you should complete a FAFSA to see if you're eligible for federal financial aid.

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