2013 Top 20 Public Colleges Tuition and Living Costs Comparison

The public colleges and universities are schools that are predominantly funded by public means through a national or state government. The public schools are typically operated under the supervision of state governments and are funded by tax and subsidies from the state (in part). As a result, these schools offer free or discounted tuition to students considered residents of the state, called in-state or in-district tuition rates. Non-state-residents are applied the out-of-state tuition rates and it is usually two or more times than in-state rates.

The discounted in-state tuition rate is attractive enough to captivate students and parents. In addition, many public schools have their proud history and are positioned highly in college ranking. In fact, there are many advantages to choose a public college rather than private college even though the private college (slightly) is high ranked.

Here, we introduce top 20 public colleges in US announced by USNEWS education department and compare tuition, fees, and living costs between them. For living costs, on-campus means that a student stays in dormitory or school owned rooms and off-campus means that a students stays in private rooms such as private apartments.

For year 2013, average In-State tuition of the top 20 public colleges is $10,391 and out-of-state rate is $ 30,505.  As you see in the table, several campuses of the University of California are included in the top 20 list. In fact, the University of California is considered as one of top public colleges. You may want to see the comparison between all UC campuses.

2013 Top 10 Public College Tuition Comparison Summary Table
RankSchool NameLocationTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies Living Costs
In-StateOut-of-State On CampusOff Campus
1University of California-BerkeleyBerkeley, California$ 11,220$ 34,098$ 1,654$ 1,213$ 18,801$ 14,402
2University of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, California$ 11,220$ 34,098$ 1,472$ 1,521$ 17,719$ 14,711
2University of Virginia-Main CampusCharlottesville, Virginia$ 9,622$ 34,952$ 2,594$ 1,220$ 11,889$ 12,265
4University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, Michigan$ 13,625$ 40,302$ 194$ 1,048$ 11,806$ 11,806
5University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, North Carolina$ 5,823$ 26,575$ 1,870$ 1,182$ 14,220$ 14,220
6College of William and MaryWilliamsburg, Virginia$ 8,677$ 31,860$ 4,893$ 1,200$ 11,168$ 11,168
7Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusAtlanta, Georgia$ 7,718$ 27,022$ 2,380$ 1,200$ 10,956$ 13,160
8University of California-DavisDavis, California$ 11,220$ 34,098$ 2,657$ 1,602$ 16,689$ 12,409
8University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, California$ 11,220$ 34,098$ 1,997$ 1,474$ 15,337$ 14,281
10University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, California$ 11,220$ 34,098$ 2,451$ 1,428$ 16,968$ 14,054
10University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison, Wisconsin$ 9,273$ 25,523$ 1,105$ 1,190$ 12,194$ 12,250
12University of California-IrvineIrvine, California$ 11,220$ 34,098$ 1,902$ 1,567$ 15,339$ 14,240
13Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusUniversity Park, Pennsylvania$ 15,562$ 27,864$ 882$ 1,568$ 13,842N/A
13University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, Illinois$ 12,603$ 28,230$ 2,886$ 1,200$ 12,842N/A
13The University of Texas at AustinAustin, Texas$ 9,790$ 33,128N/A$ 904$ 14,698$ 14,698
13University of Washington-Seattle CampusSeattle, Washington$ 11,305$ 28,860$ 1,078$ 1,035$ 12,648$ 12,648
17University of FloridaGainesville, Florida$ 4,425$ 25,641$ 1,718$ 1,080$ 12,790$ 12,790
18Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbus, Ohio$ 9,168$ 24,576$ 869$ 1,248$ 13,634$ 13,634
19University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, Maryland$ 7,175$ 25,554$ 1,733$ 1,130$ 13,308$ 16,268
19University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburgh, Pennsylvania$ 15,730$ 25,420$ 860$ 1,132$ 12,992$ 12,992
Average$ 10,391$ 30,505$ 1,852$ 1,257$ 13,992$ 13,444

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