Average Private vs Public College Tuition

Report Highlights. Tuition from a 4-year private nonprofit university is almost three (3) times the cost of in-state tuition at a 4-year public school; private tuition is 282.4% higher than public tuition.

  • In-state tuition at a public 4-year institution is equivalent to 26.1% of the cost of tuition and fees at a comparable private institution.
  • Public college tuition is equivalent to 56.4% of the cost of tuition at any 4-year institution, public or private.
  • Private for-profit college tuition is 64.7% higher than public college tuition.
  • Out-of-state college tuition is 24.6% less expensive than tuition at the average private nonprofit 4-year institution.

In this report, “college” refers to any 4-year academic institution unless otherwise noted.

Line Graph: Average Annual Tuition at Private vs. Public Colleges

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In-State Public vs. Nonprofit Private College Tuition

Private institutions are generally much more expensive than public institutions for in-state students.

  • The average annual cost of in-state tuition at a public 4-year institution is $9,375.
  • Public tuition is equivalent to 26.1% of (or 73.9% less than) the cost of tuition at a private nonprofit college.
  • Public tuition is equivalent to 56.4% of (or 43.6% less than) the cost of tuition at any 4-year institution, public or private.
  • The average private nonprofit 4-year institution costs $35,852 for one academic year.
  • Private tuition is 282.4% more expensive than public college tuition.
  • Compared to any 4-year institution, public or private, private nonprofit tuition is 114.8% more expensive.
  • The average cost of tuition at any 4-year institution, public and private, is $16,618.

Bar Graph: Average Tuition At 4-Year Institutions for Academic Year 2020-21, data in article

Public vs. Private College Tuition Annual Increase

While college costs continue to increase annually, the tuition inflation rate has hit historic lows in recent years.

  • Between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, the average public 4-year college increased tuition 0.28%, the smallest annual increase since 1974-75.
  • Private nonprofit 4-year institutions increased their average tuition by 0.15%, which is the smallest annual increase on record.
  • Since 2010, the cost of in-state tuition at the average college has increased at an annual rate of 3.14%; this is a 72.2% slower than the annual inflation rate in the first decade of the 21st century.

To learn more about increasing tuition, read our report about the College Tuition Inflation Rate.

Line Graph: Average Annual Tuition Increases at Private vs. Public Colleges

Public vs. Private 2-Year College Tuition

Two-year public institutions are the most affordable while the average private nonprofit 2-year school is more expensive than in-state tuition at a public 4-year institution.

  • The average public 2-year college or community college costs $3,501 for in-state or in-district attendees.
  • In-state or in-district tuition at a public 2-year college is equivalent to 21.3% of (or 78.7% lower than) the cost of tuition at a private nonprofit 2-year institution.
  • Public 2-year tuition is equivalent to 22.6% of (or 77.4% less than) the cost of tuition at any private 2-year institution, nonprofit and for-profit.
  • Community college tuition is also equivalent to 92.6% of (or 7.41% less than) tuition at any 2-year institution, public and private.
  • Private nonprofit 2-year institutions cost an average of $16,420 annually while for-profit 2-year institutions charge $15,080.
  • The percentage difference between community college and nonprofit private tuition at 2-year institutions is greater than the difference between public and private 4-year institutions.

Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Private Tuition

For-profit colleges were not commonplace prior to the 21st century.

  • The average cost of tuition at any private 4-year institution, nonprofit and for-profit, is $32,825.
  • Private, nonprofit 4-year institutions charge $35,852 annually.
  • The difference between tuition at a 4-year nonprofit and a 4-year for-profit institution is $20,410.
  • 4-year private nonprofits are 132.2% more expensive than comparable for-profit institutions.
  • Private, for-profit 4-year institutions charge an average of $15,442 for one academic year.
  • Among 2-year institutions, nonprofits are $362 or 2.40% more expensive than for-profit schools.

In-State vs. Out-of-State Public Tuition

Out-of-state enrollees often pay more for tuition than they would at a comparable private institution.

  • Out-of-state tuition at public 4-year institutions averages $27,023 nationwide.
  • The average in-state tuition is equivalent to 34.7% of (or 65.3% less than) the cost of out-of-state tuition.
  • Out-of-state tuition at the average public 4-year institution is 188% higher or nearly three (3) times as high as the average cost of in-state tuition.
  • Compared to tuition at an average private nonprofit college, out-of-state tuition is 24.6% less expensive or equivalent to 75.4% of the cost.

Average Private vs. Public College Tuition by State

With the exception of Idaho, private tuition is more expensive than public tuition in every other state. The table below uses the undergraduate in-state cost of public tuition from 4-year colleges and not the out-of-state prices.

  • Idaho is the only state where the annual cost of public tuition is greater than the private cost of college, with a $1,088 difference.
  • Private 4-year institutions in the District of Columbia charge $38,114 or 633.1% more than public colleges.
  • D.C. also charges the lowest out-of-state tuition.
  • In Utah, private institutions cost just $900 more than in-state tuition.
  • Florida charges the lowest public in-state tuition.
Tuition Differences Between Public* and Private* Institutions
State Difference in Dollars Percentage Difference
Alabama $6,420 62.2%
Alaska $11,386 137.2%
Arizona $1,823 16.5%
Arkansas $15,186 174.8%
California $28,816 351.7%
Colorado $14,647 160.2%
Connecticut $29,356 211.4%
Delaware $3,767 34.0%
District of Columbia $38,114 633.1%
Florida $22,918 513.6%
Georgia $22,295 299.0%
Hawaii $7,868 77.8%
Idaho -$1,088 -14.5%
Illinois $21,115 146.1%
Indiana $24,995 269.7%
Iowa $25,646 273.6%
Kansas $15,091 166.1%
Kentucky $16,040 147.3%
Louisiana $29,911 312.5%
Maine $30,250 299.4%
Maryland $34,334 353.4%
Massachusetts $34,251 249.5%
Michigan $16,090 120.8%
Minnesota $22,573 192.1%
Mississippi $10,007 116.3%
Missouri $17,385 193.3%
Montana $24,756 355.3%
Nebraska $16,731 195.0%
Nevada $20,261 336.4%
New Hampshire $16,767 100.5%
New Jersey $24,292 169.2%
New Mexico $18,211 254.6%
New York $32,937 389.0%
North Carolina $28,151 389.5%
North Dakota $7,104 82.3%
Ohio $24,106 243.4%
Oklahoma $21,420 267.4%
Oregon $31,388 290.3%
Pennsylvania $27,247 175.1%
Rhode Island $30,814 235.1%
South Carolina $13,773 110.2%
South Dakota $16,374 182.4%
Tennessee $19,036 187.3%
Texas $27,417 318.9%
Utah $900 13.4%
Vermont $29,362 171.9%
Virginia $9,837 72.0%
Washington $32,623 455.1%
West Virginia $4,478 54.7%
Wisconsin $26,790 305.7%
Wyoming NA NA

*“Public” tuition always refers to in-state tuition values unless otherwise noted & “private” tuition always refers to private non-profits unless otherwise noted.

Alabama Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Alabama is 72.6% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Alabama cost an average of $6,420 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Alabama’s state schools is equivalent to 61.7% the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 62.2% higher than tuition at an Alabama public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Alabama’s state schools is equivalent to 158.4% of the cost of private college tuition.

Alaska Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Alaska is 51.3% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Alaska cost an average of $11,386 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Alaska’s state schools is equivalent to 42.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 137.2% higher than tuition at an Alaska public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Alaska’s state schools is equivalent to 136.0% of the cost of private college tuition.

Arizona Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Arizona is 92.2% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Arizona cost an average of $1,823 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Arizona’s state schools is equivalent to 85.9% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 16.5% higher than tuition at an Arizona public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Arizona’s state schools is equivalent to 212.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

Arkansas Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Arkansas is 35.1% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Arkansas cost an average of $15,186 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Arkansas’ state schools is equivalent to 36.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 14.8% higher than tuition at an Arkansas public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Arkansas’ state schools is equivalent to 89.9% of the cost of private college tuition.

California Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in California is 23.2% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in California cost an average of $28,816 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of California’s state schools is equivalent to 22.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 351.7% higher than tuition at an California public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of California’s state schools is equivalent to 86.9% of the cost of private college tuition.

Colorado Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Colorado is 37.4% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Colorado cost an average of $14,647 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Colorado’s state schools is equivalent to 38.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 160.2% higher than tuition at an Colorado public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Colorado’s state schools is equivalent to 129.3% of the cost of private college tuition.

Connecticut Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Connecticut is 25.5% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Connecticut cost an average of $29,356 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Connecticut’s state schools is equivalent to 32.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 211.4% higher than tuition at an Connecticut public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Connecticut’s state schools is equivalent to 81.4% of the cost of private college tuition.

Delaware Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Delaware is 83.9% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Delaware cost an average of $3,767 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Delaware’s state schools is equivalent to 74.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 34.0% higher than tuition at an Delaware public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Delaware’s state schools is equivalent to 212.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

District of Columbia Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in D.C. is 62.9% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in D.C. cost an average of $38,114 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of D.C.’s public colleges is equivalent to 13.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 633.1% higher than tuition at an D.C. public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of D.C.’s public schools is equivalent to 28.8% of the cost of private college tuition.

Florida Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Florida is 2.03% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Florida cost an average of $22,918 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Florida’s state schools is equivalent to 16.3% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 513.6% higher than tuition at an Florida public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Florida’s state schools is equivalent to 67.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

Georgia Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Georgia is 4.70% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Georgia cost an average of $22,295 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Georgia’s state schools is equivalent to 25.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 299.0% higher than tuition at an Georgia public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Georgia’s state schools is equivalent to 77.9% of the cost of private college tuition.

Hawaii Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Hawaii is 66.4% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Hawaii cost an average of $7,868 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Hawaii’s state schools is equivalent to 56.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 77.8% higher than tuition at an Hawaii public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Hawaii’s state schools is equivalent to 176.7% of the cost of private college tuition.

Idaho Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Idaho is 104.7% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Idaho cost an average of $1,088 less than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Idaho’s state schools is equivalent to 116.9% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 14.5% lower than tuition at an Idaho public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Idaho’s state schools is equivalent to 386.4% of the cost of private college tuition.

Illinois Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Illinois is 9.74% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Illinois cost an average of $21,115 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Illinois’ state schools is equivalent to 40.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 146.1% higher than tuition at an Illinois public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Illinois’ state schools is equivalent to 83.0% of the cost of private college tuition.

Indiana Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Indiana is 6.84% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Indiana cost an average of $24,995 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Indiana’s state schools is equivalent to 27.0% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 269.7% higher than tuition at an Indiana public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Indiana’s state schools is equivalent to 86.2% of the cost of private college tuition.

Iowa Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Iowa is 9.62% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Iowa cost an average of $25,646 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Iowa’s state schools is equivalent to 26.8% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 273.6% higher than tuition at an Iowa public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Iowa’s state schools is equivalent to 78.1% of the cost of private college tuition.

Kansas Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Kansas is 35.5% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Kansas cost an average of $15,091 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Kansas’ state schools is equivalent to 37.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 166.1% higher than tuition at an Kansas public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Kansas’ state schools is equivalent to 98.2% of the cost of private college tuition.

Kentucky Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Kentucky is 31.4% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Kentucky cost an average of $16,040 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Kentucky’s state schools is equivalent to 40.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 147.3% higher than tuition at an Kentucky public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Kentucky’s state schools is equivalent to 96.7% of the cost of private college tuition.

Louisiana Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Louisiana is 27.9% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Louisiana cost an average of $29,911 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Louisiana’s state schools is equivalent to 24.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 312.5% higher than tuition at an Louisiana public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Louisiana’s state schools is equivalent to 56.0% of the cost of private college tuition.

Maine Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Maine is 29.3% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Maine cost an average of $30,250 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Maine’s state schools is equivalent to 25.0% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 299.4% higher than tuition at an Maine public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Maine’s state schools is equivalent to 70.7% of the cost of private college tuition.

Maryland Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Maryland is 46.8% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Maryland cost an average of $34,334 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Maryland’s state schools is equivalent to 22.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 353.4% higher than tuition at an Maryland public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Maryland’s state schools is equivalent to 63.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

Massachusetts Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Massachusetts is 46.4% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Massachusetts cost an average of $34,251 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Massachusetts’ state schools is equivalent to 28.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 249.5% higher than tuition at an Massachusetts public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Massachusetts’ state schools is equivalent to 66.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

Michigan Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Michigan is 31.2% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Michigan cost an average of $16,090 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Michigan’s state schools is equivalent to 45.3% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 120.8% higher than tuition at an Michigan public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Michigan’s state schools is equivalent to 125.3% of the cost of private college tuition.

Minnesota Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Minnesota is 3.51% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Minnesota cost an average of $22,573 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Minnesota’s state schools is equivalent to 34.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 192.1% higher than tuition at an Minnesota public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Minnesota’s state schools is equivalent to 71.2% of the cost of private college tuition.

Mississippi Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Mississippi is 57.2% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Mississippi cost an average of $10,007 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Mississippi’s state schools is equivalent to 46.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 116.3% higher than tuition at an Mississippi public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Mississippi’s state schools is equivalent to 104.2% of the cost of private college tuition.

Missouri Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Missouri is 25.7% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Missouri cost an average of $17,385 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Missouri’s state schools is equivalent to 34.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 193.3% higher than tuition at an Missouri public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Missouri’s state schools is equivalent to 79.1% of the cost of private college tuition.

Montana Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Montana is 5.82% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Montana cost an average of $24,756 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Montana’s state schools is equivalent to 22.0% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 355.3% higher than tuition at an Montana public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Montana’s state schools is equivalent to 79.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

Nebraska Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Nebraska is 28.5% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Nebraska cost an average of $16,731 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Nebraska’s state schools is equivalent to 33.9% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 195.0% higher than tuition at an Nebraska public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Nebraska’s state schools is equivalent to 87.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

Nevada Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Nevada is 13.4% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Nevada cost an average of $20,261 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Nevada’s state schools is equivalent to 22.9% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 336.4% higher than tuition at an Nevada public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Nevada’s state schools is equivalent to 82.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

New Hampshire Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in New Hampshire is 28.3% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in New Hampshire cost an average of $16,767 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of New Hampshire’s state schools is equivalent to 49.9% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 100.5% higher than tuition at an New Hampshire public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of New Hampshire’s state schools is equivalent to 91.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

New Jersey Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in New Jersey is 3.84% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in New Jersey cost an average of $24,292 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of New Jersey’s state schools is equivalent to 37.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 169.2% higher than tuition at an New Jersey public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of New Jersey’s state schools is equivalent to 76.2% of the cost of private college tuition.

New Mexico Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in New Mexico is 22.2% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in New Mexico cost an average of $18,211 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of New Mexico’s state schools is equivalent to 28.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 254.6% higher than tuition at an New Mexico public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of New Mexico’s state schools is equivalent to 75.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

New York Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in New York is 40.8% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in New York cost an average of $32,937 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of New York’s state schools is equivalent to 20.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 389.0% higher than tuition at an New York public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of New York’s state schools is equivalent to 54.8% of the cost of private college tuition.

North Carolina Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in North Carolina is 20.3% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in North Carolina cost an average of $28,151 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of North Carolina’s state schools is equivalent to 20.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 389.5% higher than tuition at an North Carolina public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of North Carolina’s state schools is equivalent to 66.0% of the cost of private college tuition.

North Dakota Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in North Dakota is 69.6% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in North Dakota cost an average of $7,104 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of North Dakota’s state schools is equivalent to 54.8% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 82.3% higher than tuition at an North Dakota public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of North Dakota’s state schools is equivalent to 88.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

Ohio Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Ohio is 3.04% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Ohio cost an average of $24,106 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Ohio’s state schools is equivalent to 29.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 243.4% higher than tuition at an Ohio public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Ohio’s state schools is equivalent to 73.0% of the cost of private college tuition.

Oklahoma Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Oklahoma is 8.44% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Oklahoma cost an average of $21,420 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Oklahoma’s state schools is equivalent to 27.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 267.4% higher than tuition at an Oklahoma public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Oklahoma’s state schools is equivalent to 73.7% of the cost of private college tuition.

Oregon Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Oregon is 34.2% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Oregon cost an average of $31,388 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Oregon’s state schools is equivalent to 25.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 290.3% higher than tuition at an Oregon public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Oregon’s state schools is equivalent to 76.0% of the cost of private college tuition.

Pennsylvania Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Pennsylvania is 16.5% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Pennsylvania cost an average of $27,247 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Pennsylvania’s state schools is equivalent to 36.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 175.1% higher than tuition at an Pennsylvania public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Pennsylvania’s state schools is equivalent to 70.6% of the cost of private college tuition.

Rhode Island Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Rhode Island is 31.7% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Rhode Island cost an average of $30,814 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Rhode Island’s state schools is equivalent to 29.8% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 235.1% higher than tuition at an Rhode Island public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Rhode Island’s state schools is equivalent to 70.3% of the cost of private college tuition.

South Carolina Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in South Carolina is 41.1% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in South Carolina cost an average of $13,773 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of South Carolina’s state schools is equivalent to 47.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 110.2% higher than tuition at an South Carolina public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of South Carolina’s state schools is equivalent to 125.1% of the cost of private college tuition.

South Dakota Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in South Dakota is 30.0% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in South Dakota cost an average of $16,374 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of South Dakota’s state schools is equivalent to 35.4% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 182.4% higher than tuition at an South Dakota public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of South Dakota’s state schools is equivalent to 50.7% of the cost of private college tuition.

Tennessee Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Tennessee is 18.6% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Tennessee cost an average of $19,036 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Tennessee’s state schools is equivalent to 34.8% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 187.3% higher than tuition at an Tennessee public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Tennessee’s state schools is equivalent to 84.9% of the cost of private college tuition.

Texas Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Texas is 17.2% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Texas cost an average of $27,417 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Texas’s state schools is equivalent to 23.9% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 318.9% higher than tuition at an Texas public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Texas’s state schools is equivalent to 69.1% of the cost of private college tuition.

Utah Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Utah is 96.2% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Utah cost an average of $900 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Utah’s state schools is equivalent to 88.2% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 13.4% higher than tuition at an Utah public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Utah’s state schools is equivalent to 279.9% of the cost of private college tuition.

Vermont Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Vermont is 25.5% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Vermont cost an average of $29,362 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Vermont’s state schools is equivalent to 36.8% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 171.9% higher than tuition at an Vermont public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Vermont’s state schools is equivalent to 88.4% of the cost of private college tuition.

Virginia Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Virginia is 58.0% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Virginia cost an average of $9,837 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Virginia’s state schools is equivalent to 58.1% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 72.0% higher than tuition at an Virginia public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Virginia’s state schools is equivalent to 152.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

Washington Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Washington is 39.4% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Washington cost an average of $32,623 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Washington’s state schools is equivalent to 18.0% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 455.1% higher than tuition at an Washington public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Washington’s state schools is equivalent to 75.8% of the cost of private college tuition.

West Virginia Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in West Virginia is 80.9% lower than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in West Virginia cost an average of $4,478 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of West Virginia’s state schools is equivalent to 64.7% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 54.7% higher than tuition at an West Virginia public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of West Virginia’s state schools is equivalent to 175.5% of the cost of private college tuition.

Wisconsin Private vs. Public College Tuition

The dollar-for-dollar value difference between public and private college tuition in Wisconsin is 14.5% higher than the national average difference.

  • Private colleges in Wisconsin cost an average of $26,790 more than in-state college tuition.
  • In-state tuition at one of Wisconsin’s state schools is equivalent to 24.6% of the cost of tuition at its average private institution.
  • Private tuition is 305.7% higher than tuition at an Wisconsin public university.
  • Out-of-state tuition at one of Wisconsin’s state schools is equivalent to 71.8% of the cost of private college tuition.

Wyoming Private vs. Public College Tuition

There is insufficient data from Wyoming’s private postsecondary institutions to calculate a statewide average cost of tuition. Out-of-state public tuition is 211.8% higher than in-state tuition.

Sources

  1. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): Tuition costs of colleges and universities
  2. NCES: Table 330.20 Average undergraduate tuition and fees and room and board rates
  3. CollegeBoard: Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid 2020
  4. USAFacts: College tuition has increased – but what’s the actual cost?
  5. National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO): Private College Tuition Discounting Continued Upward Trend During COVID-19 Pandemic