California ranks 16th among states with the highest average college tuition costs according to a new study from Affordable Colleges Online.
Students and their families will pay an average of $8,705 each year in in-state tuition and fees to attend one of California’s public schools, the survey showed.
That’s about $5,300 less than average New Hampshire public university tuition ($14,017) — which ranked No. 1 on the list — and about $4,700 more than schools in Florida ($3,980), which was the least expensive state on the ranking.
Vermont ($13,507 on average per year), Pennsylvania ($12,112) and Illinois ($11,992) were also among the most costly states on the list, while Nevada $4,245), Wyoming ($4,278) and Utah ($5,477) joined Florida near the bottom.
Among western states, only Arizona ($9,512) was more spendy than California.
The study from Affordable Colleges Online, a website that aims to help students make cost-saving decisions when they apply to college, looked at four-year, public degree-granting institutions. Each school was evaluated based on tuition prices and the average amount students spend per year — and over four years.
It used information from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Carnegie Foundation to compile the report.
Western states ranking:
1. Arizona, $9,512
2. California, $8,705
3. Oregon, $8,152
4. Washington, $8,010
5. Colorado, $7,341
6. Montana, $6,101
7. Idaho, $5,968
8. New Mexico, $5,508
9. Utah, $5,477
10. Wyoming, $4,278
11. Nevada, $4,245