why is tuition in texas so cheap!

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  1. coreyb

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    I'm sure this has been asked before---but why is in-state tuition in Texas so cheap? It seems almost impossibly low priced in comparison to the rest of the country.

    CB :confused:
     
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    I would imagine that it has to do with state tax funds allocation.
     
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    lower than North Carolina??
     
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    Who wants to be in the sweltering area of Texas? I have cousins who have said that the heat is unbearable because of the humidity. Also, tornado alley.

    Of course, I'm just playing as Texas does have great metropolitan areas. What's my point? Who cares!
     
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    We'll compare flagship to flagship, as determined by USNews:

    Carolina (Chapel Hill):
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-State Tuition: $5,153
    Out-of-State Tuition: $28,156
    Required fees: $942
    Room and board: $20,205

    Tejas (UTSW):
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-State Tuition: $6,920
    Out-of-State Tuition: $20,020
    Required fees: $882
    Room and board: $17,788

    Just for fun, I'll throw in some other top-ranked state schools...

    UCSF:
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-State Tuition: N/A
    Out-of-State Tuition: $10,704
    Required fees: $10,340
    Room and board: $14,508

    UW:
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-State Tuition: $10,142
    Out-of-State Tuition: $25,668
    Required fees: $400
    Room and board: $12,240

    UCLA:
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-State Tuition: N/A
    Out-of-State Tuition: $10,704
    Required fees: $10,173
    Room and board: $11,025

    UCSD:
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-State Tuition: N/A
    Out-of-State Tuition: $10,704
    Required fees: $10,570
    Room and board: $10,004

    And I'll throw in Baylor, since they do the in-state tuition thing:
    2001-2002 Expenses
    In-state tuition: $7,518
    Out-of-state tuition: $20,618
    Required fees: $968
    Room and board: $16,559


    So in conclusion, Carolina is definitely cheaper in state (as I expected), but a lot more expensive out of state. North Carolina is pretty generous about college education. NC residents even get an automatic state legislature grant from the State of NC if they go to a private college in North Carolina. When I applied to undergrad, it was around $1350. Not sure if this applies for med school or not.

    Tejas has oil money? Pitt has in state tution, but it's still $24K-ish (vs. 32K). Notice that while the UCs are mostly the same, where they vary a little is in living cost. How is UTSW more expensive for living costs than UCSF???? Similarly, how does Carolina have more expensive room and board than either of them??? I'm not convinced the room and board numbers are accurate.

    -RA
     
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    I guess Carolina offset their low in-state tuition with really high out-of-state tution.
     
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    don't get jealous just because everything is better in texas
     
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    Well last year's statistics show only 17 people from outside of NC at Carolina med admitted. Let's calculate, assuming an $8000 difference between UTSW and Carolina. Multiply by 4 classes, you get:
    17 * 4 * $8000 = $544,000.

    Take that, and divide it by the 143 in state students, times 4 again:
    $544,000 / 4 / 143 = $951.

    UTSW is still about $816 more than $5153 + $951.

    -RA
     
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    This attitude is why I advocate Alaska's cutting their state in two so that there are two states bigger than Texas...

    -RA
     
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    This attitude is why I advocate Alaska's cutting their state in two so that there are two states bigger than Texas...

    -RA


    I don't think that would work. Texans only get really boastful once they leave the state and since I am New Orleans, I now proudly display special Texas flag license plates. Inside state lines, no one cares.

    I really miss my breakfast tacos! :(
     
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    tExas is in mExico or in US?

    should have paid attention in my geography class.
     
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    don't knock it until you try it!
     
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    I already tried it - can I knock it? ;)
     
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    Can't back out on my word can I? Wouldn't want admission committees to know I didn't have any integrity.

    Spill.
     
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    I would rather lay in the dirt in Texas, than on a velvet couch anywhere else (except if I get into medschool there!)
     
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    Getting back on the original topic, it should be noted that out of state students at UT-Southwestern pay 5,500 (1,000 less than instaters) because of a scholarship.
     
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    cowboys are paying the bills there :D
     

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