According to personal finance site GOBankingRates, which calculated the income required to live comfortably in each U.S. state and send a kid to college without taking out loans, in some places you'd have to pull in six figures.
GOBankingRates looked at the average price of in-state tuition and fees at public institutions and calculated the cost of living in each state. The site also factored in what residents would spend on discretionary items and what they would direct toward savings, using the "50-30-20 rule" of personal finance — meaning 50 percent of income goes to necessities, 30 percent toward discretionary spending and 20 percent toward savings.
Keep in mind that this is the income required to send one kid to an in-state, public institution. Private universities tend to be more expensive and may require an even larger income.
These are the 10 states where you'd have to earn a lot to afford your child's higher education.