The Road to Scholarships

tips and hints for junior high & high school students planning to use scholarship monies to pay for their continuing education

Cost of a College Education

How much money will you actually need to attend college? The truth is, it varies. Much of it depends on which college you chose, it’s location, your location, and the type of education you need.

Often students and parents think the high dollar educations are the price of the Ivy schools. Schools like Harvard, and Yale. To be fair, those are expensive colleges to attend. A quick look at the tuition  page on the Harvard website shows the cost of $32,896 for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Since Harvard is located in Massachusetts, let’s look at the pricing of a couple of other colleges in that state.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,   a four year college lists their 2008-2009 tuition/fees  yearly cost here, at, $15,350 for out of state students, residents of Massachusetts can expect to pay at least $6000 for tuition.

North Shore Community college has their costs listed on this page. They charged  Massachusetts residents $125  and  non-residents $357 for each credit  hour taken in 2008-2009. This totals about $3800 for a resident and $11,000 for a non resident.

You can see the basic  cost of a college education can vary from $4000 a year to over $30,000. How much your education will cost will be determined by you. Where do you want to attend college? How long will your education take? You need to be thinking on these things.

To get an idea of the cost of colleges in  your state, or colleges  you have in interest in attending this site by the University of Texas has links for most colleges in the United States. They have another site here, listing links for community colleges.

Remember basic cost is only the tuition and some fees. There are often other fees required. Don’t forget, you’ll need books, generally you can figure 40 per credit hour for books. This is $600 for 15 credit hours.  This is an average and a fairly good rule of thumb to use for estimating your costs.

In addition to your books, you will living somewhere. That will cost money. Most colleges require incoming out-of-town freshmen to live on campus. This is to your advantage. Each college will have a figure for the cost of a room. If  you live within commuting distance and choose to live at home, remember you’ll still need to pay for the additional vehicle expenses.

You will also need to eat. The cost for this will depend on you, and your situation. Living at home, your parents will probably underwrite the cost of your meals. If you live on campus the college will have meal plans for you. There’s also extra money for snacks, and when you don’t eat the college food, and the need for other miscellaneous items.

You can see the cost of a college education has a wide range, and it’s all in the high range. Determining what college is best for you will be another post. For now, I just wanted you to understand your higher education which will be well worth the money spent, is going to have a steep price tag.


March 4, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , | 2 Comments

Cost of College

How much will it actually cost you to attend college?

Two websites, one for community colleges, and one for four year universities and colleges will link you to the information you need.

Colleges on both these sites are listed by state. When you click on the college of your interest you will be taken to that college’s website. Once there simply browse to your heart’s content and learn about the college. Most college will have education expenses listed, although you may have to experiment to find exactly where that information is located.

You can find the answers to any questions not answered by their website, by writing, via USPS or email, or calling the college.  All of their contact information can be found on the websites.

The college website will also list of some of the scholarships they offer, if any. Not all colleges offer scholarships. If you are armed with this information early you can intensify your quest for private or government scholarships. Also, they may not list every scholarship their particular college offers, often departments will offer specific scholarships which won’t be listed on the general information page. Again, an email, regular letter, or phone call will help you discover this information.

The community college, and university college link pages are a good way to learn about the different colleges you might think you want to attend. It’s also a good way to learn about other colleges you may not have thought about.

Take the time now to start looking at the colleges and what they have to offer you. This will save you time when you’re a senior and needing to make a choice. By finding out early what’s available, you can narrow your choices down and begin accumulating the funds to attend the college of your choice.

Remember when calculating your college costs to include room & board, transportation costs, books, other supplies, general living expenses in addition to the cost of your tuition and fees.

November 29, 2008 Posted by | college | , , | 3 Comments