Deciding upon which college will be best for your needs and your educational future can be a tough call to make.  There are so many options.  Online versus campus based.  Big school versus small.  Private university versus public institution.  In-state versus out-of-state.

Whatever you’re decision, you’re college education isn’t likely to come for free.  And selecting an out-of-state school could have college costs really adding up in a hurry.

Here are a few things to consider when thinking about going with an out-of-state school.


The tuition difference between in-state and out-of-state student status could add up to thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars or more over the course of a college education.

If you’re unsure of what the various costs of your education could entail, try doing an online search of the school’s website or contacting the school directly.  Here are just a few examples of schools with good financial transparency regarding their costs, as well as the difference between in-state and out-of-state costs:

Getting there

Just getting back and forth between your home base and an out-of-state school can get expensive.  There can be the costs of flying there if the distance is significant.  There can also be the costs of renting a truck to get your stuff there depending upon what you’re taking with you.  And these costs could be there each and every year, even multiple times each year as you travel back and forth between home and school.


Transportation can be a consideration of an out-of-state school, not just when getting around campus or getting to school and home each year, but all those other times as well.  Don’t forget, many students come home or at least leave campus for things like holiday breaks, spring breaks and other occasions.  Some schools even close dorms during these times, not leaving students with much choice but to leave; and having to get hundreds or even thousands of miles back home can be expensive.

Are Online Options Available

For some students, an out-of-state school is the best choice, regardless of costs.  However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to just throw your hands up and with them toss away extra thousands of dollars.  There might be other ways to trim your out-of-state schooling costs.  Considering online class options could be one of those ways.

Looking for courses that you could take from home over the summer or even before you’ve committed to attending a school might enable you to trim additional semesters — and in turn — thousands of dollars from the costs of schooling.  Saving this time at school could help not only in cutting tuition costs, but expenses related to travel, room and board, books, and other school-related fees.



The author is not a licensed financial or educational professional or academic advisor.  This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, financial or educational advice.  Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.