Pros and Cons:In-State Colleges vs. Out of State

By OTM Interns: Mohamud Abdi, Emma Iffrig, Kawan Yarbrough, Ronald Walter,  and Ariel Williams

What are the benefits of staying in-state for school versus going out-of-state for school? What are the cons? Everyone has their own opinions and reasons for what they eventually do. Check out our views of the pros and cons of in-state schooling and out of state schooling!

Pros for In-State Schools

When most people think about college, they think about getting away from their hometown, but going to college in state has great pros, believe it or not. If you choose to go to college in your home state, you already have background knowledge on the area, which helps when you’re trying to get around town fast. You also don’t have to worry about commuting from town to town looking for things like toilet paper. Knowing the area also helps when it comes to connections. Having many connections, such as knowing powerful people, is very important for you to succeed and to advance in whatever you choose to do. Another super pro is the distance from home. Going to school in your home state may allow you to get a few hours away from your family, but not a whole 24 hour trip away from them. Staying in-state makes it easier for you to come home for the holidays and even special days like your birthday. It gives you independence from a short distance away. Finally, going to college in state is much cheaper.  It costs more for a person to go to college out of a state that they are not a resident of, and that will affect your tuition immensely.

Pros for Out-of-State Schools

Now for out-of-state, there are actually big overlaps between the pro and the cons for in and out-of-state. We could say connections, and while you may have many connections in your own town they can only carry you so far. Getting out of town carries you an extra step in helping you get to higher and better things. If you choose out-of-state, a pro is seeing a new environment and living in a different form of community. Being in a different state, sometimes different country, also may have different cultures that will give you the opportunity to learn about. Living away from home gives you built in travel experience, with the price airfare that comes with it!

Cons for Out-of-State Schools

If you go out of state for college, then you will most likely pay a higher tuition fee. The average published tuition and fee price for full-time out-of-state students at a public four-year institution is about 2.5 times as high as the price for in-state students. The average out-of-state tuition premium increased from $13,962 in 2014-15 to $14,483 in 2015-16. Paying higher tuition makes it hard to have money to spend on other things. Going out of state means that you will be moving away from home and away from family and friends. Students who choose to go out of state have to learn how to live independently.  

Cons for In-State Schools

What’s the con with staying in your home state? A con of staying in-state would be not getting the full experience of being away from home. Being independent is a very important quality to possess; it teaches students the importance of taking responsibility for their actions. If you are in-state, you may still want to call your parents for instant help. Being out of state will give you more survival skills than staying close to home. Being farther from home also makes the transition of becoming an adult a lot easier. With all these cons, look at the bright side of going to college. It's a wonderful experience so don't let the cons steer you away from going.