In general, the cost will be slightly lower if the student attends a public university. The total cost of attendance depends on the educational institution. For example, public institutions generally have lower costs than private institutions, and students from other states will pay more than students in the state. Students may also be offered the option to have a monetary balance charged to their student account as part of a meal plan.
The cost of off-campus housing depends on where you live and the type of housing you're considering. Whether you decide to live in dorms or in an off-campus apartment, some of your options for paying for room and board include scholarships, grants and federal student loans. A 529 plan can be used to accommodate off-campus students who are enrolled in at least half of the hours that define a full-time student.