Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

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Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Suzanne Shaffer
Owner Parents Countdown to College Coach

Staying close to home could help or hinder

Statistics show that most students stay within 50 miles of home when going to college. Being close to home can be a benefit or a draw back. On the one hand, it allows the student to travel home often. On the other hand, it discourages independence and could keep the student dependent on their parents. Consider carefully the decision to remain in-state, especially when discounting other private colleges that might offer better aid packages to students out of their area.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

Wisconsin is very different from California and there is no In-N-Out Burger!

When students look to another state for their college destination, they often overlook the cultural and political differences the region has to offer, and how it is often vastly different from their own neighborhood. For many, this is a new chapter in their life and they look forward to the change in people, languages, politics, food choices, as well as social causes they will be exposed to. Yet for other students, deciding to stay close to home can provide a sense of comfort by understanding what they already have grown up with in order to provide less distractions from the rigorous coursework they are going to embark upon.

Amy Feins
owner AMF College Consulting

Get out of town!

College might be your ONLY chance to live/work/play in a different part of the country, or a different climate or time zone. Did you grow up in a suburb? Want to try the big city without making a big committment? Getting out of state can really fill the bill for many of these scenarios. Going to school out of state will also expose you to students from different parts of the country and the world. Diversity can be a great learning tool, and you might learn a lot more about yourself than you would if you stick close to home with the same type of kids you've always known. College is about taking risks in a safe if you want to risk a cold winter, or the mountains, or NYC, then going to school out of state might be the answer. On the flip side, maybe you're not ready to go too far from home. You might have family obligations, or you just need a couple more years to really mature before you go too far away. If that's the case, then staying in state is probably a better choice, but you can still try to get out of your comfort zone by choosing a school with a different ethnic or socio-economic makeup than your high school. It's all about the right fit, but don't forget that even those really comfy Ugg boots wear thin after a while, and sometimes its a good idea to try a new style or color and find out that what you THOUGHT was your "right fit" might not be exactly what you needed after all.

Maura Kastberg
Executive Director of Student Services RSC

In State vs. Out of State Colleges

Tuition differences aside attending college in state is usually beneficial in a number of ways. A local college saves you travel time and money, plus it allows you to enjoy contact with your family, and continue to share values and interests within your state. An out of state college challenges you with sudden independence, long term separation from family, unfamiliar locations and new experiences with different cultures and climates. Many students who attend colleges far from home end up transferring back. Students need to consider how far from home seems best for them, or how much of a challenge they can handle.

Patricia Aviezer
President Inside Track To College, Inc.

It's All About What Works For You

Well working in a state that offers a great scholarship program, this question comes up all the time. If a student could receive a scholarship that pays for 100% of their tuition with a 3.5 GPA and 1280 on the SAT's, why would they consider other options? So here are the BENEFITS of attending your State College! 1. So close to home that I commute, saving dorm and food costs. 2. I can come home when I want without paying for a plane ticket. 3. Some of my high school friends will be attending the same college and we study well together and I won't feel so alone in this new setting. 4. I'll graduate owing very little in loans and can use my savings for graduate school. 5. I've graduated in the top 5% from my "very good" high school and know I can compete academically with students from my own state. There are many more reasons, but let's look at the DRAWBACKS and why you might look into an Out-of-State College. 1. This out-of-state college graduates 80% of entering students within 4 years, my state schools are quoting 6-year graduation rates. 2. The graduation rate of these out-of-state universities are over 85%, my state loses 48% of entering students by sophomore year. 3. I get to exercise my academic interests and explore my options with a population of students with a "different mind set" since they're not from my state. 4. Since they're interested in attracting students from all 50 states and countries from around the world and my academics are excellent and scores are top-notch, there are scholarships available to me. 5. "I need to be farther away from home" and "on my own" to feel independent and successful.

Sue Luse

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Being able to get summer internships close to home.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

Public v. Private? By and Large

I interpret this question as a debate between public versus private education, because clearly, a student from NJ can attend UMD, be out of state but still be attending a public institution. Public institutions by and large (emphasis on the large) have larger student populations (some exceptions include SUNY Geneseo and The College of William and Mary). Larger can seem enticing to high school students who assume (often inaccurately) that college has to be larger than their high school or it is not college. The larger the student population, the larger the number of classes taught not by the scholarly professors, but their teaching assistants. Students choose public universities for the often large array of majors available in contrast to smaller private colleges. Finally, many of my students desire anonymity: they like the 500 student lecture format. However, another large percentage of my clients have enjoyed the close relationships they have developed with their high school teachers and desire that quality of relationship in college. Private colleges frequently report higher student engagement in student learning often resulting in higher percentages of graduates being accepted to graduate school after graduatation.

Helen Cella

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

Student body, school location

Nicholas Umphrey

Tuition aside, what benefits and drawbacks exist by going to school in-state vs. out-of-state?

One clear benefit is that the out of state school may offer a program that none of your in-state schools do. For years, Maine has not had a Pharmacy program. So students would go to University of Connecticut or University of Rhode Island. There is also the life experience of being away from home which some kids are ready for while others are not. A drawback is that students often pay twice for one major that they would have in their own state. And homesickness.

Melissa Gollihar

Benefits and drawbacks of attending an in state school.

The benefits of attending an in state school aside from tuition are the fact that your family is close in case of any emergencies. In state, you are usually familiar with the community and cultural norms. In state requirements for student enrollment are usually less restrictive than out of state requirements. The drawbacks are that the student may be missing out on a growing experience by living in a different state. The student may not experience true independence if parents live in close proximity to the university.