The University of California at Berkeley currently assesses a $12,876 tuition fee for residents of the State of California for the 2012-2013 school year. Out-of-state residents are required to pay $22,878 in supplementary tuition and fees in addition to the standard tuition fee paid by residents. If one compares this total out-of-state tuition cost of $35,754 with the cost of tuition at Harvard, which is currently set at $37,576, there really is very little difference between the two in terms of cost. With these figures in mind, it is no surprise that many students doubt the value of attending a public university in another state.
Not all students are required to pay out-of-state tuition, even if they do happen to be residents of another state. Some state universities offer nonresident tuition waivers for top performing students in order to attract the best and the brightest talent from around the country. Students who live in counties or regions that border another state can often lobby to pay resident tuition within that state. For additional information and tips on how students can get around the cost of out-of-state tuition, this article posted at Bankrate.com is an excellent resource.
Excerpted from an onlinecollege.org article by Christine Fisher