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The Effect of Geographical Locations on College Tuition Across the United States

Tasmia Afria; Radiah Jamil; Anthony Mathai; Sudiptha Paul; Isabella Pensabene; Chyonika Roy

In this paper, we studied different causes for the fluctuations in this difference in cost in four major regions of the US, the Northeast, Midwest, West, and South. We found that higher education costs different amounts of money in different areas due to the lack of national regulation of higher education funding, which causes variance in the average cost of college tuition in different regions. Another factor that contributes to college tuition varying in price based on geographical location is the difference in tax rates because funding for higher education comes from state taxes, not federal. The overall extremity and deviation of higher education prices may deter people from obtaining a college education, which we determine to be crucial to obtaining higher-paying jobs and obtaining a job at all or force people to take out student loans, which we conclude to cause major issues for students later in their lives.

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