Tuition Costs for In-State and Out-Of-State Residents

Public and private colleges can have vastly different athletic recruiting processes. A college coach working at a State University may have a smaller recruiting budget and may recruit more from their home State. Their recruiting budget will obviously play a role in how far they stretch their recruiting territory but the bigger factor is tuition prices at their college. A coach at a State school can stretch their athletic scholarship money further with recruits from their home state for the simple reason that tuition may be 1/3rd of what it is for an out of state student/player.

If you only have a few thousand dollars in athletic scholarship money to give to an out-of-state player, that player/family may be looking at a tuition bill of twenty to thirty thousand dollars still, whereas that same money might cover half the tuition bill for a high school athlete from that state. Other college coaches from States like California or Florida who coach at public universities rarely have to venture out of their state for recruiting because their state is so packed with talent. There is an incentive for them not to leave their state to recruit because they don’t have to, and there is an incentive for high school athletes to attend in-State schools because they are so much cheaper. Rarely will you find a talented baseball player from Florida who is being recruited by really good baseball programs in Florida say “you know, I might want to attend that private school in Massachusetts that costs $55,000 a year and play college baseball when it’s 39 degrees out.

Obviously the cost of attending college is a great concern to every family and as tuition to private schools approaches $70,000 per year, the need to find an affordable school is on minds of everyone.When you set out on your school search, you should not dismiss any school because of cost before you have had a chance to explore all opportunities.

State Schools have set tuition rates that are far lower for in-state residents, sometimes 75% lower than what out-of-state students must pay.  This is important information for you as you prepare your applications and something to consider when you apply to schools both in-state and out-of-state.

Here is a list of tuition figures for some State Schools to give you an idea of the vast difference in tuition rates.

NOTE: The figures below represent general estimates based on tuition only for 2016 for full-time students. (room and board has been excluded). Tuition only means the costs associated with attending classes. The info was gathered off of each schools website.

School In-State Out-of-State
Texas A&M $10,030 $29,668
UMass (Amherst) $14,596 $31,420
U. Vermont $15,096 $38,160
UCLA $12,816 $26,682
U. New Hampshire $17,624 $31,424
U. Georgia $11,622 $29,832
U. Minnesota (Twin Cities) $14,186 $25,500
Florida State $5,644 $18,788
U. North Carolina (Chapel Hill) $8,834 $33,916
U. Florida (Gainesville) $6,313 $28,591

Little note about U. Minnesota. If you live in North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, or Wisconsin, your tuition bill will be the In-State rate.

In all cases, room and board will be the same for In-State and Out-of-State residents.