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10 Colleges Where Out-of-State Students Pay the Most

At one Michigan school, non-state residents pay more than $40,000.

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At University of Vermont, out-of-state students pay a whopping $36,646 in tuition and fees.

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Going to college out of state has long been a costly venture, and the price is slowly rising.

The average published out-of-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions rose by 3.1 percent between the 2012-2013 school year and the following year, according to a report from the College Board, a nonprofit organization.

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Some schools bump up tuition by just a few thousand dollars for students who cross state lines to attend. At other institutions, the cost difference can be likened to paying for a 2002 used car versus a 2014 luxury vehicle. 

At University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, out-of-state students during the 2013-2014 school year pay $40,496 in required tuition and fees. This price is the highest cost for out-of-state students, according to data reported by 403 ranked institutions to U.S. News in an annual survey. Michigan residents only pay $13,819.

Other schools that charge non-state residents a high price include University of California—Irvine, with tuition and fees totaling $37,566, and University of Vermont, which costs $36,646. Of the 10 schools that charge out-of-state residents the most, University of California—Los Angeles had the cheapest, with tuition and fees at $35,574 for the 2013-2014 school year. California residents pay $12,696.

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On average, tuition and fees for out-of-state students at the 10 schools is $37,351; in-state tuition averaged $13,886. Virginia Military Institute, which made the list last year, increased its tuition but not by enough to be in this year's top 10. Students from outside of Virginia pay $35,392.

Of the 403 ranked institutions that submitted data to U.S. News, Minot State University charged out-of-state residents the least: $6,086, the same price for in-state students.

Below is a list of the 10 schools with the most expensive required tuition and fees for out-of-state students in 2013-2014. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

School name (state)Tuition and fees (2013-2014)U.S. News rank and category
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor$40,496 28, National Universities
University of Virginia$39,844 23, National Universities
College of William and Mary (VA)$37,852 32, National Universities
University of California—Irvine$37,566 49, National Universities
University of California—Davis$36,774 39, National Universities
University of Vermont$36,646 82, National Universities
University of California—Santa Barbara$36,624 41, National Universities
University of California—Santa Cruz$36,294 86, National Universities
University of California—Riverside$35,838 112, National Universities
University of California—Los Angeles$35,574 23, National Universities

Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find out about tuition and fees, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed nearly 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2013 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’s data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’s rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools. The tuition and fees data above are correct as of March 4, 2014.