The Most Expensive College in Every State

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When a baby is born, parents often open an account to save for their child's college education. While they can't project how much four years of college will cost 18 years down the road, one thing is certain when looking at today's costs for tuition, room and board. The balance in the account might need to cover a sizable bill.

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Results vary dramatically from state to state. Although the University of Wyoming, for instance, costs comparatively little -- $34,530 including room and board -- the University of Chicago tops out at a whopping $81,531. Variances in total cost are not just based on tuition, however. The costs for room and board are all over the map, as well, with Hawaii Pacific University charging $19,260 while the University of Jamestown in North Dakota asks for just $8,316.

If you're trying to decide whether the costs justify the benefits at these expensive campuses, remember to factor in each school's attendance policy going forward.

See how much it costs to attend the costliest colleges in your state. 

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Alabama: Spring Hill College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $46,481

  • Annual cost of room and board: $14,062

  • Total cost: $60,543

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Alaska: University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $33,548

  • Annual cost of room and board: $12,662

  • Total cost: $46,210

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Embry-Riddle Prescott / Wikimedia Commons

Arizona: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $37,964

  • Annual cost of room and board: $12,174

  • Total cost: $56,260

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Arkansas: Hendrix College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $53,490

  • Annual cost of room and board: $12,820

  • Total cost: $66,310

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California: University of Southern California

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,753

  • Annual cost of room and board: $16,398

  • Total cost: $80,151

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JAKeeran / Wikimedia Commons

Colorado: Colorado College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,688

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,392

  • Total cost: $78,080

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Connecticut: Yale University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $62,170

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,200

  • Total cost: $79,370

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Delaware: University of Delaware

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $38,890

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,472

  • Total cost: $52,362

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District of Columbia: Georgetown University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,722

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,032

  • Total cost: $78,754

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Florida: University of Miami

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $58,242

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,470

  • Total cost: $73,712

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Georgia: Emory University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $57,642

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,242

  • Total cost: $72,884

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Danielle Chang / Flickr.com

Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $32,760

  • Annual cost of room and board: $19,260

  • Total cost: $52,020

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Idaho: The College of Idaho

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $36,255

  • Annual cost of room and board: $10,650

  • Total cost: $46,905

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Illinois: The University of Chicago

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,527

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,004

  • Total cost: $81,531

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Indiana: University of Notre Dame

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $60,899

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,984

  • Total cost: $76,883

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Iowa: Grinnell College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $59,780

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,864

  • Total cost: $73,644

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Kansas: Bethany College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $37,880

  • Annual cost of room and board: $12,360

  • Total cost: $50,240

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Kentucky: Bellarmine University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $51,660

  • Annual cost of room and board: $9,420

  • Total cost: $61,080

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Louisiana: Tulane University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $62,432

  • Annual cost of room and board: $16,248

  • Total cost: $78,680

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Maine: Colby College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,130

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,295

  • Total cost: $76,425

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Maryland: Loyola University Maryland

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $53,950

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,820

  • Total cost: $69,770

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Massachusetts: Amherst College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,690

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,910

  • Total cost: $79,600

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Michigan: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $55,768

  • Annual cost of room and board: $12,034

  • Total cost: $67,802

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Minnesota: Carleton College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,953

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,147

  • Total cost: $77,100

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Mississippi: Millsaps College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $44,306

  • Annual cost of room and board: $14,210

  • Total cost: $58,516

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Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $62,184

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,402

  • Total cost: $79,586

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Montana: Carroll College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $41,642

  • Annual cost of room and board: $10,262

  • Total cost: $51,904

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Bluejayscholar / Wikimedia Commons

Nebraska: Creighton University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $47,018

  • Annual cost of room and board: $11,600

  • Total cost: $58,618

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Hank Shiffman / Shutterstock.com

Nevada: Sierra Nevada University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $39,408

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,825

  • Total cost: $53,233

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Edward Fielding / Shutterstock.com

New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,162

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,022

  • Total cost: $80,184

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New Jersey: Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $58,172

  • Annual cost of room and board: $16,260

  • Total cost: $74,432

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New Mexico: St. John's College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $37,520

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,570

  • Total cost: $51,090

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New York: Fordham University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $60,151

  • Annual cost of room and board: $19,065

  • Total cost: $79,216

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North Carolina: Wake Forest University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,758

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,520

  • Total cost: $77,278

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Matthew L. / Yelper

North Dakota: University of Jamestown

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $27,998

  • Annual cost of room and board: $8,316

  • Total cost: $36,314

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio: Oberlin College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,962

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,334

  • Total cost: $79,296

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Oklahoma: The University of Tulsa

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $51,745

  • Annual cost of room and board: $12,062

  • Total cost: $63,807

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Oregon: Reed College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $63,120

  • Annual cost of room and board: $14,980

  • Total cost: $78,100

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Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,326

  • Annual cost of room and board: $16,784

  • Total cost: $81,110

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Rhode Island: Brown University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $64,540

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,908

  • Total cost: $80,448

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South Carolina: Furman University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $54,872

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,362

  • Total cost: $68,234

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Alexius Horatius / Wikimedia Commons

South Dakota: Augustana University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $43,184

  • Annual cost of room and board: $8,616

  • Total cost: $51,800

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Tennessee: Vanderbilt University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $58,374

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,670

  • Total cost: $76,044

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Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

Texas: Southern Methodist University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,940

  • Annual cost of room and board: $17,110

  • Total cost: $79,050

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Utah: Westminster College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $42,846

  • Annual cost of room and board: $11,097

  • Total cost: $53,943

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Jacob Boomsma / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Vermont: Landmark College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $65,780

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,420

  • Total cost: $79,200

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Virginia: Washington and Lee University

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $61,790

  • Annual cost of room and board: $15,810

  • Total cost: $77,600

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Sean Pavone / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Washington: University of Puget Sound

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $56,181

  • Annual cost of room and board: $13,480

  • Total cost: $69,661

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West Virginia: University of Charleston

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $36,600

  • Annual cost of room and board: $10,500

  • Total cost: $47,100

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Wisconsin: Beloit College

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $55,742

  • Annual cost of room and board: $9,688

  • Total cost: $65,430

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Wyoming: University of Wyoming

  • Annual cost of tuition and fees: $23,915

  • Annual cost of room and board: $10,615

  • Total cost: $34,530

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Bob Haegele contributed to the reporting for this article.

Methodology: In order to discover the most expensive college in every state, GOBankingRates used the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data for the 2020/21 academic year to source the most expensive institution in terms of (1) cost of out-of-state tuition and fees AND room and board for the 2020/21. GOBankingRates also sourced each institution's: (2) annual cost for on campus room and board; and (3) total tuition price for out-of-state students. The institution from each state with the largest total for factor (1) was selected as the most expensive from their respective state. All data was collected and is up to date as of Aug. 18, 2022.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The Most Expensive College in Every State