The cost of college is going up every year. Attending one of the top 10 most expensive private colleges in the country will set you back, on average, $54,817 per year in fees and tuition. But there are far less expensive alternatives, and the least expensive alternative is almost always community college.
Alabama: George C. Wallace State Community College-Selma
Offering the same annual tuition to all of its students, George C. Wallace State Community College at Selma (GCW) runs $4,140, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. As with virtually all community colleges (except as noted here), students graduate with an Associate degree. Those who wish to earn a bachelor or equivalent four-year degree must transfer at the end of two years. Admissions at GCW are limited to Alabama residents. Out-of-staters can attend Shelton State Community College (SSCC) for $7,737 per year.
Alaska: Ilisavik College
Located in the northernmost point in Alaska (and thus, the entire United States), Ilisagvik College is a public community college with an annual tuition of $3,820 for both in-state and out-of-state students. Offering academic, vocational, and technical education aimed at matching workforce needs, it’s also a tribal college dedicated to perpetuating and strengthening Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions. This timeline tells you exactly how you’ll need to save for college.
Arizona: American Indian College of the Assemblies of God
If you’re a resident of Arizona and can get into the American Indian College of the Assemblies of God, you’ll get the least expensive four-year degree in Arizona for as little as $958 per year. Although the Admissions Department asks applicants to keep in mind that the mission of this school is to equip Native Americans for Christian service, non-native applicants will also be considered. For students seeking a non-religious program, Northland Pioneer College offers an annual tuition of $2,250 for residents and $10,400 for out-of-state students.