Analysis: Nebraska residents pay up to 43 percent less to attend Division I schools than peers in other states

Nebraska residents pay up to 43 percent less to attend a Big Ten 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. Nebraska has schools in three of those conferences.

How does Nebraska's in-state tuition compare by athletic conference? Nebraskans pay…

  • $6,521, or 43.3 percent, less to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Big Ten than Illinois residents pay to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the same league.
  • $6,677, or 50.8 percent, less to attend Wayne State College in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference than Minnesota residents paid to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the same league.
  • $499, or 6.8 percent less, to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference than Missouri residents paid to attend Northwest Missouri State University 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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Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is a Division II conference with 16 members. The analysis includes nine of those schools.

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
University of Minnesota- DuluthMinnesota9,967$13,139
University of Minnesota- CrookstonMinnesota2,676$11,700
Winona State UniversityMinnesota7,661$9,075
Bemidji State UniversityMinnesota4,808$8,394
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityMinnesota7,495$8,347
Minnesota State University- MoorheadMinnesota5,205$8,114
Saint Cloud State UniversityMinnesota13,878$7,910
Minnesota State University- MankatoMinnesota13,192$7,858
Wayne State CollegeNebraska2,837$6,462

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Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is a Division II conference with 14 members. The analysis includes five of those schools

SchoolStateEnrollment2016-17 Tuition
Northwest Missouri State UniversityMissouri5,628$7,343
Missouri Western State UniversityMissouri5,120$7,330
University of Central MissouriMissouri9,786$7,322
University of Nebraska- KearneyNebraska5,056$6,844
Missouri Southern State UniversityMissouri6,231$5,523

Source for all: U.S. Department of Education

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