Don't expect these kind of bargains at the most popular public universities, but if your kid has a yen to go to college out of state, this may be a way to afford it.
"ome states and colleges are so eager to attract out-of-staters that they are making it easy for students to qualify for in-state tuition.
Easiest of all is Eastern Oregon University, which doesn't charge out-of-state tuition at all. Total cost of attendance this year, including books and travel: less than $18,000.
The University of Alaska charges in-state tuition to any admitted student whose parent has invested in Alaska's 529 college savings plan. Parents in any state can buy shares of University of Alaska tuition at today's in-state rates. The total cost of attendance, including books and travel, is about $18,000 this year.
Southern Illinois University, Washburn University in Kansas, and Northern Michigan University, to name a few, allow students to apply for in-state tuition after living on campus for just six months (and taking other steps such as registering to vote and paying local taxes).
Students at North Dakota universities who pay rent there for at least one year and make other efforts such as registering to vote, paying local taxes, and switching car registration can apply for in-state status. The total in-state cost of attending the University of North Dakota this year is about $16,000."