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13 College Engineering Programs for Under $20,000

<p><strong>1.) The United States Air Force Academy</strong></p><p>The United States Air Force Academy is ranked seventh in <em>US News & World Report’s</em> “Best Engineering Programs” among schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. It’s also free -- that is, no cost -- to those lucky enough to be selected. Admission is tough, however, and the curriculum is hard for those who do get there. Not surprisingly, its aeronautical/astronautical program is ranked best in the country among its peers. Similarly, its EE program is ranked fourth in the nation. The Air Force Academy also offers civil, computer, mechanical and systems engineering degrees. (Source: Wikipedia)</p>
In this era of hyper-inflationary education costs, it’s still possible to get an engineering degree for an annual tuition of less than $20,000. Here are some of the best schools to look at.

In this era of hyper-inflationary education costs, it’s still possible to get an engineering degree for an annual tuition of less than $20,000.

Sure, one obvious way to do that is to go to your local state school. But some state schools don’t offer engineering and others are highly selective. Worse, students who decide to matriculate out of state are met by exorbitant costs for non-residents.

Still, engineering students who are looking for a reasonably-priced out-of-state school aren’t out of luck. Here, we’ve collected information on 13 schools with out-of-state tuitions ranging from zero to $20,000. From the service academies to the mega state schools, we offer a peek at colleges with prices that won’t take a big bite out of your life savings.


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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 32 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.

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