The Bottom Line

Where do you want to go to college? How much will it cost? Getting an early handle on these questions will help you figure out how much you’ll need to save, earn or borrow to achieve your college goals.

This table gives you an idea of how much it costs to attend one year at a four-year college. In addition, you’ll also have to budget for books, miscellaneous expenses and travel. Good information: going to an in-state college costs less, since you are paying resident tuition and usually do not have to travel as far.

Tuition and Fees Room and Board Total
Alaska, four-year public $4,721 $8,622 $13,343
Arizona, four year public $22,319 $11,436 $33,755
California, four year private $42,818 $12,078 $54,896
Colorado, four year public $23,096 $9,084 $32,180
Idaho, four year public $18,376 $7,304 $25,680
Montana, four year public $19,612 $7,500 $27,112
Washington, four year public $18,597 $9,000 $27,597
Tuition and fees are averages. Out-of-state averages are based on non-resident prices.
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