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The Best Cheap Colleges for Engineering in the United States

Some of the nation’s best undergraduate programs for engineering that won’t cost you an arm or a limb

So you want to be an engineer? Well, before you can start designing the next flying car, the next supercomputer or even the next water treatment system, you’re going to have to go to college. It’s the one thing students hate and parents fear. “Which college is the best for me and my future?” is the usual question that everyone has. The problem usually is that some of these schools cost the parents an arm and a leg ($40,000+ per year) to get their kids to attend without any scholarships.

Well, I’m here to inform everyone that there are plenty of other universities in the U.S. that provide a great education for upcoming college students while also coming at a lower cost to parents. They are not ranked in any specific order but they do fall in the top 70 according to U.S. News, which is still really good! The following data were taken from 2011-2012 data.

The Best & "Cheap-er" Engineering Undergraduate Programs

University of New Orleans (UNO)

The in-state tuition at UNO was $5,213 for the 2012-13 school year, while out-of-state tuition was $16,737. According to the school’s website, Newsweek ranked UNO among the nation’s top 25 most affordable colleges. Their engineering program is made up of four departments: civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and marine engineering.

Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T)

Missouri S&T offers engineering degrees in civil, architectural and environmental engineering. The civil engineering and environmental engineering departments also offer master’s degree programs. Tuition for Missouri residents was $7,814 for the 2012-13 school year. Out-of-state students paid $21,652.

Stony Brook University

In-state residents paid $5,570 to attend the school during the 2012-13 school year, while the tuition for out-of-state students was $16,190. According to the school’s website, 57 percent of full-time freshman students receive need-based aid, and the average amount of aid was $8,553 for the 2012-13 school year.

Stony Brook offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied math and statistics, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering.

University of California-San Diego

The Jacob’s School of Engineering provides a great education for those pursuing a bachelor’s degree. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school eighth in the nation among engineering schools. The school is made up of six engineering departments: bioengineering, computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, nano-engineering and structural engineering.

Tuition for the 2012-13 school year was $13,234 for in-state undergraduate students and $22,878 for out-of-state students. Rates are similar for graduate students.

As you can see, these are just some of the plenty schools that you can attend to get an amazing engineering degree in the field you love while saving that money in the bank.

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