Sticker shock: How in-state tuition compares at Midwest universities in 10 states

Residents in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan face the steepest cost of attending in-state universities, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of 115 schools in 10 Midwest states.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranks no. 1 with the highest in-state price to attend, with $15,058 charged for tuition in 2016-17, according to U.S. Department of Education data. It’s followed by Miami (Ohio) University-Oxford ($14,736), Michigan Tech University ($14,634), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ($14,402), and Northern Illinois University ($14,204).

The schools also estimate the cost of books per year, which can add as much as $2,400 (Northeastern Illinois University) to the cost of attending.

In addition to having the highest-ranked school, Illinois has the largest cluster of schools appearing highest on the list. Six of the 12 Illinois schools included in the analysis appear in the top 15. All 12 appear in the top 40.

Four of the 15 Michigan schools are in the top 15. All but one are in the top 50.

Four of 12 Minnesota schools are in the top 15. Five appear in the top 50.

One of Ohio’s 17 analyzed schools is among the top 15. Nine are within the top 50.

Three Indiana schools (Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University and Ball State University) and three Kentucky schools (University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University) were in the top 50. 

Only one of 13 Missouri schools (University of Missouri-Columbia) and two of the 14 Wisconsin schools included (UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee) are in the top 50.

The highest-ranked Iowa school, University of Iowa, is 62nd. The highest-ranked Nebraska school is 63rd.


Where do residents pay the highest in-state tuition?

The table shows the cost of tuition only for the 2016-17 academic year. Schools in the same state are highlighted the same color.

RankStateSchoolUndergraduate enrollmentTuition
1IllinoisUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign33,932$15,058
2OhioMiami University-Oxford16,981$14,736
3MichiganMichigan Tech University5,811$14,634
4MichiganUniversity of Michigan- Ann Arbor28,983$14,402
5IllinoisNorthern Illinois University14,079$14,204
6MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota- Twin Cities34,870$14,142
7MichiganMichigan State University39,090$14,062
8IllinoisIllinois State University18,643$14,061
9IllinoisUniversity of Illinois-Chicago17,959$13,664
10IllinoisSouthern Illinois Univ.- Carbondale12,182$13,481
11MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota- Rochester435$13,232
12MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota- Duluth9,967$13,139
13MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota- Morris1,771$12,846
14IllinoisWestern Illinois University8,543$12,655
15MichiganWayne State University17,220$12,269
16MichiganCentral Michigan University19,877$12,150
17MichiganOakland University16,568$12,064
18MichiganUniversity of Michigan- Dearborn7,141$12,032
19OhioOhio University23,585$11,744
20MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota- Crookston2,676$11,700
21IllinoisEastern Illinois University5,957$11,580
22MichiganGrand Valley State University22,209$11,520
23MichiganWestern Michigan University18,313$11,493
24KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky22,621$11,484
25IllinoisUniversity of Illinois-Springfield2,959$11,413
26MichiganFerris State University12,866$11,290
27KentuckyUniversity of Louisville15,826$11,264
28MichiganEastern Michigan University17,862$11,209
29OhioBowling Green State University14,852$11,057
30MichiganLake Superior State University2,099$11,019
31IllinoisSouthern Illinois Univ.- Edwardsville11,720$11,008
32OhioUniversity of Cincinnati25,820$11,000
33IllinoisGovernor's State University3,517$10,516
34WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison30,958$10,488
35IndianaIndiana University- Bloomington39,184$10,388
36MichiganUniversity of Michigan- Flint6,585$10,344
37OhioUniversity of Akron17,417$10,270
38IllinoisChicago State University2,352$10,252
39IllinoisNortheastern Illinois University7,665$10,138
40OhioOhio State University45,831$10,037
41OhioKent State University23,684$10,012
42IndianaPurdue University31,105$10,002
43KentuckyWestern Kentucky University20,271$9,912
44OhioCleveland State University12,352$9,768
45MichiganNorthern Michigan University7,168$9,766
46IndianaBall State University17,011$9,654
47OhioUniversity of Toledo16,223$9,547
48MissouriUniversity of Missouri- Columbia25,877$9,518
49WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee20,968$9,493
50WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Stout8,412$9,395
51MissouriUniversity of Missouri- St. Louis13,898$9,394
52KentuckyNorthern Kentucky University12,380$9,384
53MichiganSaginaw Valley State University8,335$9,345
54IndianaIndiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Indianapolis21,748$9,205
55WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse9,751$9,091
56MinnesotaWinona State University7,661$9,075
57MissouriMissouri Univ. of Science & Technology6,906$9,057
58KentuckyEastern Kentucky University14,293$8,868
59WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire10,085$8,812
60IndianaIndiana State University11,202$8,746
61OhioWright State University12,504$8,730
62IowaUniversity of Iowa24,476$8,575
63NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska- Lincoln20,833$8,537
64KentuckyMorehead State University9,752$8,496
65KentuckyMurray State University8,877$8,400
66MinnesotaBemidji State University4,808$8,394
67MinnesotaSouthwest Minnesota State University7,495$8,347
68OhioYoungstown State University11,283$8,317
69IowaUniversity of Northern Iowa10,104$8,309
70IowaIowa State University30,671$8,219
71IndianaIndiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Ft. Wayne11,453$8,213
72WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point8,297$8,159
73MinnesotaMinnesota State University- Moorhead5,205$8,114
74WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Superior2,367$8,088
75WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-River Falls5,494$7,981
76MinnesotaSaint Cloud State University13,878$7,910
77WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Green Bay6,757$7,878
78MinnesotaMinnesota State University- Mankato13,192$7,858
79MissouriUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City11,704$7,846
80KentuckyKentucky State University1,568$7,754
81WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Whitewater11,409$7,650
82IndianaUniversity of Southern Indiana9,585$7,605
83MinnesotaMetropolitan State University7,571$7,566
84WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh12,484$7,544
85WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Platteville7,861$7,484
86IndianaPurdue University-Calumet8,321$7,478
87IndianaPurdue University-North Central6,064$7,478
88MissouriTruman State University6,039$7,456
89WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Parkside4,248$7,367
90OhioShawnee State University3,621$7,365
91MissouriNorthwest Missouri State University5,628$7,343
92MissouriMissouri Western State University5,120$7,330
93MissouriUniversity of Central Missouri9,786$7,322
94NebraskaPeru State College2,215$7,243
95NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska- Omaha12,536$7,204
96OhioOhio State University- Marion1,132$7,140
97IndianaIndiana University-South Bend6,653$7,073
98IndianaIndiana University-Southeast5,486$7,073
99IndianaIndiana University-Northwest5,244$7,073
100IndianaIndiana University- East4,287$7,073
101IndianaIndiana University-Kokomo3,977$7,073
102MissouriMissouri State Univ.- Springfield20,316$7,060
103MissouriLincoln University2,618$7,042
104MissouriSoutheast Missouri State University10,693$6,990
105NebraskaUniversity of Nebraska- Kearney5,056$6,844
106NebraskaChadron State University2,334$6,510
107NebraskaWayne State College2,837$6,462
108OhioCentral State University1,729$6,246
109OhioWright State University- Lake Campus1,302$5,842
110IndianaVincennes University18,897$5,575
111MissouriMissouri Southern State University6,231$5,523
112MissouriHarris-Stowe State University1,464$5,220
113OhioMiami University-Hamilton2,884$5,173
114OhioMiami University-Middletown1,914$5,173
115WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin Colleges11,940$5,159

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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