by Rachel Coston
Students have a lot of decisions to make when it’s time to pick a college. One of the most important decisions is whether to attend an in-state or out-of-state university. In-state allows you to attend a university in the state that you reside. Out-of-state refers to any university located outside of the state that you reside in. Both options have pros and cons that should be weighed by the student when making a final decision.
Let’s say you decide to stay in your home state. What are the benefits of this decision? Attending a university in-state means you will be close to family that can provide emotional and financial support. This can be helpful if you are living on your own for the first time. Another benefit is that your tuition rates will be far lower. Choosing in-state can include some downsides, as well. For example, there may be a limited number of universities to choose from because they may not have the program you are looking for.
Now consider out-of-state and what the advantages and disadvantages would be. Most students who choose an out-of-state university do so because they have their heart set on a specific program or university. This is a great reason to choose an out-of-state school, but it will include some drawbacks. The tuition rate will be much higher, where specific fees vary by university. You need to research and see if financial aid will pay for out-of-state or if your family is able to afford it. Another negative about out-of-state universities is that you are farther away from your family and your comfort zone. You may experience homesickness and less immediate support; however, some students would love to be far away from their home state. In this case, choosing an out-of-state university is the perfect option.
College is a time to explore new experiences, meet new people, and make new memories. Whether you want to attend an in-state or out-of-state university is completely up to you. Just make sure you do your research and choose the university where you feel you will succeed.