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In Their Own Words: Why do Illinois students choose Iowa over in-state universities?

The Old Capitol is seen with the Iowa Homecoming Corn Statue in front on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The Old Capitol is seen with the Iowa Homecoming Corn Statue in front on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Lily Smith

The Old Capitol is seen with the Iowa Homecoming Corn Statue in front on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Lily Smith

Lily Smith

The Old Capitol is seen with the Iowa Homecoming Corn Statue in front on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

In Their Own Words: Why do Illinois students choose Iowa over in-state universities?

Five students from Illinois describe what brought them to the University of Iowa.

A 2017 student profile of all University of Iowa students showed that 6,117 of the UI’s students come from Illinois, the second most populous state after Iowa’s 19,200 in-state students. With out-of-state universities typically becoming more expensive than universities in a student’s state of residence, why do so many Hawkeyes come from Iowa’s neighboring state?

A comparison of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the UI, two public Big Ten schools, shows tuition to be very competitive. In-state students at UIUC are estimated to pay $31,012 to $36,016, whereas out-of-state UI students are estimated to pay around $42,630 to $46,430 before scholarships or aid. In-state Hawkeyes paid roughly $20,664 to $24,464 for the 2018-19 academic year. Besides the programs offered at the UI, cost of tuition was a common answer of students surveyed for this article.

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