Penn State #1 . . . But this time it’s not for a good reason

How important are college rankings?  How much store do you put in the annual US News & World Report college rankings?  Well, you might be interested in this ranking – Penn State, University Park campus is number one on this list, but this time it’s not for a good reason. 

The US Department of Education has released on a report on college cost comparisons and Penn State heads the list for the state schools.  Penn State is #1 on the list and the only state school with a yearly tuition over $15,000! For comparison purposes, the national average for 4-year state schools is $6,397.

You probably would assume that attending one of our state schools rather than attending a private school or venturing beyond the state’s boundaries would save students thousands of dollars.  Does not look like that may any longer be the case for Pennsylvania residents — Penn State University is the most expensive public school in America.

In case you are wondering about the cheapest 4-year public universities – Kansas’s Haskell Indian Nations University has the lowest annual tuition ($403) and Dine College in Arizona is in second place with an annual tuition of $805.

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  1. As someone who is married to a long-time Penn State graduate, I can assure you that anyone who attended PSU would say that the school is more than worth 15K a year – they revere the school and their experiences at Happy Valley.

    Unfortunately, with the high cost of tuition, fewer young people will be able to say the same.

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  2. Penn State has historically been one of the higher priced state universities. I know when it was time for me to go to college 30+ years ago, I chose a private university and the cost was only $3,000 more than Penn State. Now that same university is almost $50,000 and PSU is well more than $20K. (Maybe they are not including the cost of attending the school in the article — because my own kids could not have attended PSU for less than $20K.)

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