That depends on several factors. First, is it a public or a private school? Private schools set their own tuition rates. I don't know about all states, but in Texas, all public tuition rates are set by the state. The rate of tuition is adjusted according to whether or not you are a resident of the city or county that the school is located in. Junior colleges tend to be less expensive. My understanding is that the state funds part of the tuition fees. I can tell you that there is a big difference in the cost of attending a university versus attending a junior college. Get all the education you can at a junior college and then transfer into a university. You'll save a lot of money that way!