Whether your considering an online college or a traditional one, you always want to consider the cost. And most of that cost will come from tuition. Depending on the college, that tuition can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars per semester to $70,000. For this very reason, it helps to know where schools offer the most affordable rates (move these to the top of your list) and where tuition rates are climbing out of control (avoid these!).

We looked into the most recent average tuition rates by state, courtesy of The College Board, and created our newest infographic based on their figures. Some special notes: watch out for public universities in Washington, D.C. and Arizona. Enjoy and feel free to share this infographic!

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Four-year public colleges and universities
Avg. tuition and 5-year tuition increases
Wyoming $4,404 15%
Alaska $5,885 18%
Utah $5,906 30%
New Mexico $5,987 25%
Montana $6,211 10%
West Virginia $6,251 25%
Idaho $6,325 29%
Florida $6,336 56%
Nevada $6,387 37%
North Carolina $6,514 40%
Louisiana $6,546 51%
Mississippi $6,558 25%
Oklahoma $6,583 10%
New York $6,919 27%
Arkansas $7,238 15%
District of Columbia $7,255 81%
North Dakota $7,265 12%
Nebraska $7,315 16%
South Dakota $7,717 28%
Kansas $7,729 21%
Georgia $7,823 65%
Iowa $7,841 15%
Tennessee $8,036 33%
Missouri $8,093 5%
Maryland $8,475 8%
Texas $8,522 16%
Oregon $8,605 30%
Kentucky $8,692 20%
Wisconsin $8,736 21%
Indiana $8,916 16%
California $9,037 57%
Colorado $9,096 48%
Hawaii $9,097 47%
Alabama $9,143 44%
Maine $9,391 9%
Ohio $9,906 10%
Arizona $10,065 70%
Connecticut $10,206 20%
Virginia $10,366 29%
Minnesota $10,468 19%
Massachusetts $10,792 23%
Washington $10,811 58%
Rhode Island $10,922 33%
South Carolina $11,138 15%
Delaware $11,261 28%
Michigan $11,600 20%
Illinois $12,550 18%
New Jersey $12,715 11%
Pennsylvania $12,802 16%
Vermont $13,958 16%
New Hampshire $14,665 34%

Four-year private colleges and universities
Avg. tuition and 5-year tuition increases
Utah $6,287 8%
Idaho $6,890 7%
Delaware $14,407 6%
Hawaii $14,694 27%
Mississippi $14,963 5%
North Dakota $15,847 13%
Alabama $19,660 19%
Arkansas $19,727 18%
Montana $21,056 18%
Michigan $21,180 14%
Nebraska $21,875 12%
South Carolina $22,827 15%
Kansas $22,873 19%
Oklahoma $23,562 20%
Kentucky $23,841 17%
West Virginia $23,908 6%
Tennessee $24,577 13%
South Dakota $24,761 19%
Missouri $25,664 14%
Virginia $27,642 19%
Florida $28,087 15%
Arizona $28,330 13%
Alaska $28,369 24%
Nevada $28,483 17%
Georgia $28,695 18%
Iowa $28,765 15%
North Carolina $29,223 17%
Texas $29,750 26%
Wisconsin $29,754 18%
Ohio $30,420 15%
Illinois $31,145 19%
Indiana $31,963 15%
Louisiana $32,649 19%
New Mexico $32,948 15%
New Jersey $33,588 12%
Maine $33,898 12%
Minnesota $34,497 19%
Washington $34,517 18%
Oregon $35,092 19%
New Hampshire $35,120 10%
Rhode Island $35,136 16%
Pennsylvania $35,189 15%
New York $35,484 16%
Colorado $35,653 13%
Vermont $36,097 14%
Maryland $36,802 14%
California $36,914 10%
District of Columbia $38,407 15%
Connecticut $38,776 13%
Massachusetts $39,307 14%
Wyoming N/A

Source: The College Board

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