The cost of an education is high in our country right now.  There are an estimated 20.5 million students attending universities in the United States in 2016 and there is currently  an estimated 1.3  trillion dollars of student loan debt in America.  As high school seniors across the country are in the process of applying for colleges, they are looking for their dream schools, but also schools that won’t leave them in debt.  For many, public universities are options that allow students to graduate with minimal to no debt, depending on the scholarship they receive.  The College Board has tracked trends in in-state tuitions for the United States from 2004 to the present.


Source: The College Board

The 10 highest average in-state tuitions in the United States in 2016, the highest of which is New Hampshire with an in-state tuition of $15,650.


Source: The College Board

The 10 current universities with the highest average in-state tuition have all increased tuition from 2004 to 2016.  New Hampshire, which now has the highest in-state tuition, has had a tuition increase of almost double what it was in 2004.  This change most drastically happened from 2008 to 2012.  Meanwhile, other states have had a steady increase over the years, like Vermont and Pennsylvania.  What is especially notable about these high tuitions is that many are on the East Coast.


Source: The College Board

The 10 universities with lowest average in-state tuitions have also increased from 2004 to 2016.  Though for the most part these states had a steady increase from 2004 to 2016, many had tuition spikes from 2008 to 2012.  One of the most dramatic examples of this is in Florida where tuition increased over $2000.  What’s also interesting to point out is that Wyoming and New Mexico both slightly decreased tuition from 2004 to 2008.  Many of these 10 universities with the lowest in-state tuitions are located on the West Coast.