When it comes to college costs, N.J. could be worse, study finds

By Alex Wolmart
New Jersey | Sep 17, 2019 at 11:28 am

Unsurprisingly, New Jersey isn’t an exception to the high price of college in the U.S.

Logistics website Move.org released a report recently that ranked New Jersey as the 15th most expensive state in the country to go to college.

With an average in-state tuition of $16,583, an out-of-state tuition of $19,314 and a net cost of $16,397, New Jersey ranked just above Tennessee and just below Wisconsin in the rankings.

Move.org looked at looked at all public and private colleges in each state that offer bachelor’s degrees and higher to get its rankings. But, when comparing in-state and out-of-state tuitions, it found states with high in-state costs also have high out-of-state costs and therefore based its ranking solely on in-state prices.

Move.org also looked at net cost by state, which includes living expenses, books and supplies — minus scholarships and aid. Students in some states receive enough financial aid to have a net cost lower than the annual cost. So, net cost is total cost to attend for a year after everything.

Other than offering a bachelor’s degree or higher, other criteria institutions needed to meet included offering in-person learning — that is, are not “distance education” only — and operate on an academic year by not offering open enrollment.

The New England portion of the country holds some of the highest costs in the nation, with Rhode Island as the most expensive state, while the Southwest and mountain states have the lowest costs.

Wyoming ranked as the least expensive state to go to college in.