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Cost of Public Colleges Varies Widely, Report Finds

You’ve heard it before: Educational opportunity varies a lot by zip code. That certainly extends to higher education, even in public colleges and universities. And today we have yet another round of sobering numbers that show the disparate impact of that truth on students and their families.

A paper issued Monday by the Urban Institute in Washington analyzes the tuition and fees that states’ public colleges and universities charge students. A quick for-instance: In the 2014-15 school year, Wyoming students faced in-state tuition and fees of $4,646, while in New Hampshire, those costs amounted to $14,712. (That’s in a year when the national in-state average at four-year public schools in the United States was $9,139.)