Staying in your home state can be affordable, but see which schools charge the most

Students who wish to remain in their home state when they venture to college -- rather than attend a private institution or a state school beyond their state's borders -- are poised to save tens of thousands of dollars a year in tuition and required fees (though out-of-state students may be able to pay in-state tuition at some institutions).

Even at the most expensive public schools for in-state students in the country, average tuition and fees hover around $13,000, compared to approximately $40,000 at the most expensive private schools. Pennsylvania State University has the highest tuition and fees for in-state students, $15,250 for the 2010-11 academic year, according to data the school reported to U.S. News.

[ See the 10 least expensive public colleges for in-state students.]

In all, 452 of the 573 undergraduate programs at public institutions surveyed by U.S. News reported in-state tuition and fee data. Among them, the average tuition and required fees were $7,042 for the 2010-11 academic year, compared with an average of $13,762 at the 10 most expensive schools (listed below).

Seven of the 10 most expensive public schools for in-state students are in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the country. Only one, the Colorado School of Mines , where students paid $13,425 in tuition and fees in the 2010-11 academic year , is located in the western half of the country.

[ See the nation's most expensive private colleges.]

Despite the relatively higher costs, only two schools on the list -- the Maine Maritime Academy and the College of New Jersey -- place in the top 10 of their U.S. News rankings category. The schools are ranked as a regional college (North) and a regional university (North), respectively.

Below is a list of the 10 most expensive private schools for in-state students based on tuition and required fees (figures do not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs):


University Tuition U.S. News Rank
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Pennsylvania State University - University Park$15,25047, National Universities
Maine Maritime Academy$14,6659, Regional Colleges (North)
University of Vermont$14,13294, National Universities
University of New Hampshire$13,675104, National Universities
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign$13,64047, National Universities
St. Mary's College of Maryland$13,63088, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Colorado School of Mines$13,42572, National Universities
College of New Jersey$13,2734, Regional Universities (North)
University of Illinois - Chicago$13,074143, National Universities
New Jersey Institute of Technology$12,856139, National Universities






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