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    Four low-cost choices north of Boston

    University of
    Massachusetts Lowell

    Application deadline: Feb. 15

    Undergraduates: 9,832

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    Tuition and fees: $12,097 in-state, $26,146 out-of-state

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    Room and board: $11,243

    Average financial aid package: $14,261

    Salem State University

    Application deadline: Rolling admissions

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    Undergraduates: 7,664

    Tuition and fees: $8,530 in-state, $14,670 out-of-state

    Room and board: $11,624

    Average financial aid package: $11,814 (2013 freshmen)

    Northern Essex
    Community College

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    (Campuses in Haverhill, Lawrence)

    Application deadline: Rolling admissions

    Undergraduates: 7,352

    Tuition and fees: $3,888 (in-state, 12 credits per semester); $4,860 (in-state, 15 credits per semester), $162 per credit

    Room and board: N/A

    Average financial aid package: $4,554

    North Shore
    Community College

    (Campuses in Danvers, Lynn)

    Application deadline: Rolling admissions

    Undergraduates: 7,750

    Tuition and fees: $5,070 Massachusetts residents; $169 per credit

    Room and board: N/A

    Average financial aid package: $4,323

    SOURCE: Colleges and universities