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10 Least Expensive Public B-Schools for Out-of-State Students

At these schools, MBA students pay slightly more than $21,000 per year in tuition and fees, on average.

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If earning an MBA away from home sounds appealing, aspiring executives may want to consider the Lamar University College of Business in Texas, where out-of-state students pay $15,868 in annual tuition and fees.

Those costs make Lamar the least expensive b-school in the country for out-of-state students. While students studying in MBA programs out of state can expect to pay more than $50,000 per year in tuition and fees, on average, at the nation's most expensive public business schools for out-of-state students, those numbers plunge by more than 50 percent at the 10 least expensive public b-schools for out-of-state students. At the 10 schools on this list, out-of-state tuition and fees average $21,090 per year.

Lamar is one of five institutions on the list of 10 least expensive business schools for out-of-state students whose rank U.S. News does not publish. The other five schools on the list earned U.S. News's Best Business Schools rankings that ranged from No. 64—the College of Business at Iowa State University, whose annual out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,864—to No. 97, at the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY—Baruch College, which costs $24,600 in out-of-state tuition and fees per year.

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The average cost of slightly more than $21,000 at the 10 least-expensive public schools for out-of-state students is significantly lower than the average cost in tuition and fees for out-of-state students at the nation's 51 public business schools that reported this data to U.S. News for the 2011-2012 school year. Nationwide, students paid $34,378 per year, on average, in out-of-state tuition and fees.

Only schools that reported the yearly cost of tuition and fees were included in this analysis. Public schools that provided tuition and fees data to U.S. News based on per-credit hour costs or overall costs for the entire length of the program were excluded. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Below is a table of the 10 least expensive public business schools for out-of-state students based on tuition and required fees for 2011-2012 (figures do not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs):

Business school (name) (state) Out-of-state tuition & fees (2011-12) U.S. News b-school rank
Lamar University (TX) $15,868 RNP*
University of North Carolina—Wilmington (Cameron) $17,300 RNP
University at Buffalo—SUNY $19,627 89
Clemson University (SC) $20,010 RNP
University of North Carolina—Greensboro (Bryan) $20,896 RNP
Iowa State University $21,864 64
San Diego State University $22,868 RNP
University of Houston (Bauer) $23,638 91
University of Alabama (Manderson) $24,230 78
CUNY—Baruch College (Zicklin) (NY) $24,600 97

*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its ranking category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Business School Compass to find data on tuition, fees, and much more.

U.S. News surveyed more than 400 schools for our 2011 survey of business 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 Business Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News produces 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.

Corrected on 8/17/12: University of Hawaii—Manoa Shidler College of Business has notified U.S. News that it wrongly reported its out-of-state tuition and fees data for 2011-2012. The correct figure is $29,088, which means the school no longer makes the top 10 list. This figure also changes the national average out-of-state cost of tuition and fees for public business schools in 2011-2012 and the makeup of the top 10 least expensive public b-schools for out-of-state students.