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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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8. The Allure of Out-of-State Public Universities

As I watch my daughter start her college applications, I’m cringing inside because she wants to apply to out-of-state public schools such as UCLA, Georgia Tech, and Purdue. Although Purdue states that it does have scholarships for out-of-state students, I’m worried that this will end up being a waste of time and the cost of the application fees.

—Mom of a high school senior

An artistic teenager from New York City was excited when she got accepted at the University of Michigan, one of the nation’s premiere flagships. She was even more jazzed about Michigan after she attended the school’s summer orientation for the Class of 2015.

It was only after the teenager returned from Ann Arbor that her dad ...

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