If you want to attend a public university outside your own state, it can be outrageously expensive for the brand name schools.
State universities love outsiders because they can charge them a premium. University of California, Berkeley, for instance, costs outsiders more than $50,000 for tuition and room/board. In contrast, California residents pay $27,825.
Other prestigious flagships, such as the University of Michigan and University of Virginia are also charging outsized tuition to nonresidents, which I wrote about in this post:
4 Regional Educational CompactsHere are the participating states in the four compacts:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Bottom Line:Typically outsiders need to be stellar students to receive scholarships from flagship universities, but many other state universities will give nonresidents, who are smart, but not at the top of the academic heap, a cut in price.
State university image by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL.