Data diving: Minnesota tuition above national average

Source data: National Center for Education Statistics/US Dept of Education

There is a ton of data on higher education out there, so much that it can be tough to make sense of it all. So, consider this the first in a regular series of dispatches highlighting the numbers in a way that is, hopefully, digestible and relevant to Minnesota. Over time we hope it adds up to a comprehensive portrait of the higher education system in the state.

We’ll use the most up to date information we can find, although like so much research data it may be a year or two old. We’ll make an attempt to update with new data when possible.

Feel free to comment with your interpretations.

This data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education, and a great source for all kinds of education-related information.

It shows that, at $14,188 per year, average in-state undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board in Minnesota ranked 16th in the nation in 2007-08, above the national average of $13,424.

Here are the details, with neighboring states highlighted:

State Total 2007-08 Tuition 2007-08 Room 2007-08 Board 2007-08
New Jersey $19,548 $9,702 $6,209 $3,637
Vermont $18,245 $10,401 $5,021 $2,824
Ohio $16,354 $8,090 $4,703 $3,561
New Hampshire $18,293 $9,610 $5,120 $3,563
Pennsylvania $17,187 $9,593 $4,327 $3,267
Connecticut $16,263 $7,465 $4,722 $4,076
Illinois $16,795 $8,982 $4,032 $3,781
Massachusetts $16,159 $7,922 $4,764 $3,473
Maryland $15,644 $7,141 $4,815 $3,687
Delaware $16,165 $7,823 $4,954 $3,388
Rhode Island $15,775 $7,120 $4,779 $3,876
Michigan $16,003 $8,471 $3,817 $3,715
California $14,893 $4,879 $5,212 $4,802
South Carolina $15,089 $8,389 $4,159 $2,542
Minnesota $14,188 $7,707 $3,392 $3,089
New York $14,140 $5,065 $5,381 $3,693
Oregon $13,868 $5,939 $3,954 $3,976
Indiana $14,096 $6,604 $3,585 $3,907
Virginia $13,928 $6,887 $3,862 $3,178
Washington $13,478 $5,353 $3,882 $4,242
Maine $14,791 $7,250 $3,760 $3,781
United States $13,424 $5,950 $4,072 $3,402
Missouri $13,385 $6,643 $4,218 $2,523
Iowa $13,191 $6,219 $3,426 $3,546
Colorado $13,314 $5,250 $3,946 $4,118
Arizona $12,289 $4,954 $4,477 $2,858
Kentucky $12,641 $6,342 $3,403 $2,896
Texas $12,367 $5,538 $3,575 $3,254
Nevada $12,168 $3,053 $5,243 $3,872
Alaska $11,719 $4,747 $4,104 $2,868
Montana $11,609 $5,418 $2,861 $3,330
Wisconsin $11,747 $6,177 $3,376 $2,195
Nebraska $11,852 $5,443 $3,174 $3,235
Hawaii $12,202 $4,653 $3,785 $3,763
Alabama $11,035 $4,907 $3,107 $3,022
Kansas $11,338 $5,406 $2,925 $3,007
North Dakota $11,134 $5,765 $2,227 $3,141
West Virginia $11,426 $4,377 $3,730 $3,319
Tennessee $11,340 $5,366 $3,312 $2,662
North Carolina $10,889 $4,301 $3,648 $2,939
Florida $10,709 $2,980 $4,385 $3,345
Georgia $10,984 $4,006 $4,139 $2,839
Mississippi $10,776 $4,762 $3,200 $2,815
South Dakota $10,522 $5,395 $2,378 $2,750
New Mexico $10,610 $4,143 $3,495 $2,973
Oklahoma $10,600 $4,471 $3,243 $2,886
Arkansas $10,598 $5,427 $2,926 $2,244
Wyoming $10,068 $2,990 $3,158 $3,920
Idaho $9,871 $4,381 $2,507 $2,983
Utah $9,706 $4,046 $2,291 $3,369
Louisiana $9,479 $3,835 $3,113 $2,530

(Source data can be found here.)

  • Anonymous

    College Value in Minnesota?
    The average debt of Carleton and Mac grads is less than the state average and ten grand less than the U. Student DEBT after graduation is what is important here.

    Kara McGuire has an excellent piece in the ‘Strib today that notes:

    The December issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine is no exception. Four Minnesota colleges make the top half of the magazine’s list of 100 best private college values:

    11. Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
    23. Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn.
    27. St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.
    47. Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minn.

    St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict ranked in the 70s.

    At first glance, the $50,000 plus price tags on a Carleton or Macalester are intimidating. But both give close to $30,000 in need and non-need based aid with the bulk of it going towards need. The average student graduates with less than $20,000 in debt.

    We’re talking about $10,000 less than the $27,467 in student debt that’s saddling the average Minnesota graduate, Class of 2009.

    A peek at the Project on Student Debt’s data on debt load by school is eye-opening. Average debt at the University of Minnesota? $26,516. Winona State? $27,190.
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    University of Minnesota President Bruininks likes to talk about sticker price versus the actual price. If the point is that the U costs less – for some students – than the sticker price, that is probably true.

    But would you rather walk out of the showroom owing ten grand less for an Audi than if you had bought a Camry? Something is terribly wrong here. We can argue about whose fault it is, but it is wrong that students are saddled with such high debt loads at our public higher ed institutions.