Editors' pick: Originally published Jan. 9.
Colleges and universities are under significant pressure from college affordability advocates, and understandably so.
After all, the average cost of attending one-year of college was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities for the 2015-216 academic year, according to the College Board.
Additionally, public college costs have risen by 150% since 1975, and private college costs have climbed by 160%. That astronomical rate of college cost growth has led to $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.
But colleges and universities can't take all the blame for burgeoning college costs - the state your school resides in and the academic major you chose are big factors, as well.
Some of those cost differences are significant.
According to data from Trade-Schools.net, the five most expensive states to attend a college or a university in terms of out-of-state tuition are Vermont, Michigan, Connecticut, Virginia and Delaware. Annual tuition costs range from $29,250 to $35,710 in those states.
The least expensive states for out-of-state tuition are South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Annual tuition prices for these states range from $10,510 to $18,580, Trade-Schools.net reports.
Reasons vary for state-by-state college tuition differentials. "Perhaps this is because these states are home to schools like the University of Michigan, which has an out-of-state tuition that rivals Harvard's," Trade-School.net states. "Or perhaps the higher general cost of living in states like Connecticut factors in. Either way, an education from these states costs more on average than anywhere else in America."