Comparing 4-year colleges in Michigan using a data set

One of the main reasons why I came to the University of Michigan – Dearborn was because of how close the university is from my home. Based on the comparative report, the University of Michigan –Dearborn for in-state students are:

  • In-state tuition: $9,788.00
  • Books & supplies: $960.00
  • Room & board: $1,600.00
  • Transportation: $1,556.00
  • expenses: $1515.36
  • Total: $15,419.36

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I do not know exactly when this report was created, but mlive, a local and statewide news group, they reported on 15 universities in Michigan about their tuition cost in 2017-2018. Here is the information that they reported on the University of Michigan – Dearborn.


  • Tuition and mandatory fees: $11,792;
  • Room and board: $8,272*;
  • Total for tuition and room/board: $20,064;
  • Estimated total cost of attendance: $25,330.

The asterisk indicates the cost of living off campus because UM – Dearborn is a commuter college.

As you can tell, the cost of attendance has gone up immensely. While reading the mlive article, they linked another article about the difference between paying for college then and now. This article shows some data reports on the average in-state tuition from 1975 until 2016. When reading this article, you can see the difference between the years for in-state tuition.

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Author: Ashley Apostol

Ashley Apostol is a sophomore at the University of Michigan - Dearborn majoring in Instructional Technology. She has always had an interest in using and learning about technology and knew that it was something she wanted to do in her life.

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