35 Cheapest Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

During my senior year of high school my parents and I had to sit down and have multiple conversations about financing and planning for school.

Many times their argument was that a four-year college was too expensive. Though I found my way around their argument and I ended up being able to fund for my education, I did not do my research on cheaper college alternatives.

Had I known that there were affordable universities out there I may have chose a different school if it fit my other needs as well. I’m not saying I have any regrets, especially since I am just one year away from graduating but many students feel that their only option is to pay at least $20,000 / year at a university.

One of the main determining factors whether a student attends a four-year college or university is cost. Unfortunately, tuition in the United States is at its all time high and students are the ones being affected. Not to mention, high paying, post-graduation jobs are very difficult to obtain. All people should be able to earn a higher education and price should not be the determining factor.

Luckily, there seem to be some institutions still out there that are not trying to rob students of their every last penny. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s 2011 – 2012 IPEDS Survey, there are 35 colleges and universities in the U.S. that have in-state tuition just under $2,500 per year.

This does not include housing or meal plans but if you compare it to some state colleges you are still saving a remarkable amount. Though these schools offer cheap tuition it is important to do your research about the types of financial aid they offer and what the net price is that you will pay.

Some of these institutions listed below vary from university to technical school. Whatever your career path might be, one of these institutions may be a great choice for your college budget.

1. Dine College

Arizona

$720 / year

2. Bridgewater State University

Massachusetts

$910 / year

3. Salem State University

Massachusetts

$910 / year

4. Fitchburg State University

Massachusetts

$970 / year

5. Framingham State University

Massachusetts

$970 / year

6. Worcester State University

Massachusetts

$970 / year

7. Westfield State University

Massachusetts

$970

8. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts

$1, 030 / year

9. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts

$1,395 / year

10. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Massachusetts

$1,417 / year

11. Texas Southern University

Texas

$1,500 / year

12. University of Massachusetts Boston

Massachusetts

$1,714 / year

13. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Massachusetts

$1, 714 / year

14. Broward College

Florida

$1,810 / year

15. College of Central Florida

Florida

$1,819 / year

16. Santa Fe College

Florida

$1.954 / year

17. Oglala Lakota College

South Dakota

$1,920 / year

18. Pensacola State College

Florida

$1,954 / year

19. Navajo Technical College

New Mexico

$2000 / year

20. Gulf Coast State College

Florida

$2,042 / year

21. College of Southern Nevada

Nevada

$2,078 / year

22. Western Nevada College

Nevada

$2,078 / year

23. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Georgia

$2,170 / year

24. Gordon College

Georgia

$2,220 / year

25. College of Coastal Georgia

Georgia

$2,221 / year

26. Middle Georgia College

Georgia

$2,221 / year

27. Gainesville State College

Georgia

$2,232 / year

28. Northwest Florida State College

Florida

$2,257 / year

29. Saint Johns River State College

Florida

$2,264 / year

30. West Virginia University at Parkersburg

West Virginia

$2,268 / year

31. Valencia College

Florida

$2,300 / year

32. Palm Beach State College

Florida

$2,304 / year

33. St Petersburg College

Florida

$2,324 / year

34. University of Hawaii Maui College

Hawaii

$2,328 / year

35. Miami Dade College

Florida

$2,365 / year

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Rachel Talaska is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing degrees in public relations, journalism and marketing. Besides being in class, Rachel can be found working at the campus newspaper, Central Michigan Life in the advertising department or watching re-runs of "Friends." She hopes to one day move to a big city and find her dream job. Rachel enjoys fashion, eating healthy (with the occasional bowl of ice cream), fitness, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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