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Average Cost of College

How Money Are You: Average Cost of College

Most of you are well-acquainted with student loans — after all, 70 percent of you are still paying them off. But look on the bright side: The cost of college has been going up every year, and students entering this Fall will pay up to $1,400 more this year for tuition than last year. Think you're up on the cost of higher education? Take the quiz to find out! All of the answers pertain to the 2007-08 school year.


How Money Are You: Average Cost of College

What's the average annual cost for a private four-year college?

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siguros siguros 8 years
Big difference between public and private colleges! Jeez.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Seriously? Tuition alone, for one semester, is over $12k at my public school. That's crap.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
These don't seem right. I thought private schools cost around 40K, and I go to a public 4 year college in Texas, and it costs $8500 for tuition alone, nevermind the books, cost of living, etc.
bluebird bluebird 8 years
I think this quiz may cover tuition only, because I go to an extremely inexpensive public school and I still pay more than the "average."
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
$23,712? That's all? I believe my alma mater, a private four year college, is currently at $42,000.
glofriend glofriend 8 years
These numbers are wayyy low for the 20 or so colleges I looked at last year. About half of what I saw. My state U (UNH) is the most expensive in the country at around $20k per year.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
I went to UCLA too and I paid upwards of $3,000 per quarter. Books were a pretty large expense. Rent was about $800-1000 per month for me, depending on the year. So through three years of college (I graduated early), my college career was probably around $60,000.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Those averages definitely seem low to me...but maybe CA is higher. I paid like $10k a year at UCLA. Thank God I went to community college for the first 2 years! It saved me a ton of money.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
wth?! I went to two private schools for undergrad and paid between 30K and 36K a year.
em113 em113 8 years
who goes to private school for 23,000? mine is more than double that!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
They are pretty low...each of my COURSES cost roughly $600 and that doens't include books and texts that I need...
zabrow zabrow 8 years
these averages are lower than i thought they'd be too.
burningphoenix burningphoenix 8 years
As a college student, I worry about tuition all the time!
jknocking jknocking 8 years
These averages are all actually lower than I expected....are these just the tuition numbers? Or is it the "total cost" i.e., expenses, books, room & board, etc.? I assumed that "cost" included the whole package.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
wowww. i go to a public college (paying out of state tuition) and i pay more then the average private college. well technically i would pay more, if i didn't have my scholarship.
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