Analysis: Indiana residents pay about a third less to attend Division I schools than peers in other states

Indiana residents pay up to 33.6 percent less to attend a Big Ten school and up to 34.5 percent less to attend a Mid-America Conference school than their counterparts in other states, according to a Higher Education Tribune’s analysis of in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in 10 Midwest states. 

The Tribune compared in-state tuition at 115 schools. Seventy-nine are competitors in 10 athletic conferences, including five Division I schools, five Division II schools and one Division III school. Indiana has schools in six of those conferences.

How does Indiana’s in-state tuition compare by athletic conference? Indiana residents pay…

  • 33.6 percent less to attend Purdue University in the Big Ten than Illinois residents pay to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the same league.
  • 32.6 percent less to attend Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis in the Horizon League than Illinois residents pay to attend the University of Illinois-Chicago in the same league.
  • 34.5 percent less to attend Ball State University in the Mid-America Conference than Ohio residents to attend Miami University Oxford in the same league.
  • 37.9 percent less to attend Indiana State University in the Missouri Valley Conference than Illinois residents pay to attend Illinois State University in the same league.
  • 48.9 percent less to attend either Purdue University-Calumet or Purdue University-Central in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference than Michigan residents pay to attend Michigan Tech University in the same league.
  • 33.4 percent less to attend the University of Southern Indiana in the Great Lakes Valley Conference than Illinois residents pay to attend the University of Illinois-Springfield in the same league.

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Big Ten

The Big Ten is a Division I conference that includes 14 members. The analysis includes 10 of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIllinois33,932$15,058
University of Michigan- Ann ArborMichigan28,983$14,402
University of Minnesota- Twin CitiesMinnesota34,870$14,142
Michigan State UniversityMichigan39,090$14,062
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWisconsin30,958$10,488
Indiana University- BloomingtonIndiana39,184$10,388
Ohio State UniversityOhio45,831$10,037
Purdue UniversityIndiana31,105$10,002
University of IowaIowa24,476$8,575
University of Nebraska- LincolnNebraska20,833$8,537

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Horizon League

The Horizon League is a Division I conference that includes 10 members. The analysis includes nine of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
University of Illinois-ChicagoIllinois17,959$13,664
Oakland UniversityMichigan16,568$12,064
Cleveland State UniversityOhio12,352$9,768
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWisconsin20,968$9,493
Northern Kentucky UniversityKentucky12,380$9,384
Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-IndianapolisIndiana21,748$9,205
Wright State UniversityOhio12,504$8,730
Youngstown State UniversityOhio11,283
$8,317
University of Wisconsin-Green BayWisconsin6,757$7,878

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Mid-America Conference

The Mid-America Conference is a Division I conference that includes 12 members. The analysis includes 11 of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Miami University-OxfordOhio16,981$14,736
Northern Illinois UniversityIllinois14,079$14,204
Central Michigan UniversityMichigan19,877$12,150
Ohio UniversityOhio23,585$11,744
Western Michigan UniversityMichigan18,313$11,493
Eastern Michigan UniversityMichigan17,862$11,209
Bowling Green State UniversityOhio14,852$11,057
University of AkronOhio17,417$10,270
Kent State UniversityOhio23,684$10,012
Ball State UniversityIndiana17,011$9,654
University of ToledoOhio16,223$9,547

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Missouri Valley Conference

The Missouri Valley Conference is a Division I conference that has 11 members. The analysis includes six of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Illinois State UniversityIllinois18,643$14,061
Southern Illinois Univ.- CarbondaleIllinois12,182$13,481
Western Illinois UniversityIllinois8,543$12,655
Indiana State UniversityIndiana11,202$8,746
University of Northern IowaIowa10,104$8,309
Missouri State Univ.- SpringfieldMissouri20,316$7,060

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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference is a Division II conference with 12 members. The analysis includes 10 of those schools. Both Purdue campuses listed compete as Purdue University Northwest.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Michigan Tech UniversityMichigan5,811$14,634
Wayne State UniversityMichigan17,220$12,269
Grand Valley State UniversityMichigan22,209$11,520
Ferris State UniversityMichigan12,866$11,290
Lake Superior State UniversityMichigan2,099$11,019
Northern Michigan UniversityMichigan7,168$9,766
Saginaw Valley State UniversityMichigan8,335$9,345
Purdue University-CalumetIndiana8,321$7,478
Purdue University-North CentralIndiana6,064$7,478
University of Wisconsin-ParksideWisconsin4,248$7,367

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Great Lakes Valley Conference

The Great Lakes Valley Conference is a Division II conference with 15 members. The analysis includes five of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
University of Illinois-SpringfieldIllinois2,959$11,413
University of Southern IndianaIndiana9,585$7,605
University of Missouri- St. LouisMissouri13,898$9,394
Missouri Univ. of Science & TechnologyMissouri6,906$9,057
Truman State UniversityMissouri6,039$7,456

Source for all: U.S. Department of Education

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