What Are Some of the Cheapest Colleges in the United States?


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The University of Texas, Pan American; California State University at Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles; Lehman College City University of New York; and City College of New York are some of the cheapest undergraduate universities in the United States, as of 2015. Universities with the lowest tuition rates for out-of-state students include Delta State University, Minot State University, West Texas A&M University, Southwest Minnesota State University and Bemidji State University.

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College of the Ozarks and Berea College offer free tuition in exchange for working on campus, while universities with military affiliation often have tuition-free education, such as the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy. Some universities that focus on music education give all students full-tuition scholarships. For example, Curtis Institute of Music provides free tuition for all students, regardless of income.

Some factors that typically affect the cost of tuition at a university include the amount of funding it receives from the state, the amount of donations it receives from private individuals, its spending on research or maintenance, any expansion of student services and any campus construction or remodeling. In addition to tuition itself, students also pay for living expenses and university fees for expenditures like technology access and student health services.

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