Where to Find the Cheapest In-State Tuition For College

These states have the cheapest average cost of in-state tuition for public four-year institutions.

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Choosing where to attend college involves many factors, one of which is cost. CollegeBoard reports that the average published tuition and fee for 2022-23 is 2.25 times higher than it was 30 years ago at public four-year institutions, increasing from $4,870 to $10,940 since 1992-93. And with in-state tuition this high, going out of state to attend college can be out of the question for many, as out-of-state tuition can cost double the amount of tuition paid by in-state students. 

The average cost of in-state tuition varies between states, ranging from $6,370 in Florida, $6,440 in Wyoming, $17,020 in New Hampshire and $17,650 in Vermont, according to CollegeBoard. Here are the nine states with the cheapest average in-state tuition for public universities, if you're looking for ways to increase your child's tuition ROI. 

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Erin Bendig
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Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.