I've noticed a pattern with a significant number of teens with whom I work. The college consideration process starts with the consideration of colleges that are all over the place. As application time draws nearer, the list evolves to closer to home colleges. This is not a cost phenomenon. Many out of state colleges offer lower prices and tuition discounts so it's not about money.
Talking with teens about their evolving college plans, I often hear them say they want to be somewhat close to home and family. It seems that parents aren't the only ones dreading teens leaving home. Teens can be apprehensive about the idea as well.