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Did You Go to a Private or Public College?

The average annual tuition for a four-year private college is $23,712, while the average cost of a four-year public college (for in-state students) is $6,185.

The bill for a college education is thousands deep no matter how you spin it, but the cost difference between private and public schools is pretty outstanding. Did you attend a private or public school?


ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
zabrow, I was UCSD too! I just graduated and am now 14k in debt =\ I know someone who went to USC then a law school in Boston and racked up 100k in debt! But she's making 120k a year now, so I guess it works out =P
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I went to a public university, UCLA, and enjoyed it thoroughly. By no means was UCLA a "cheap" school to go to, although I was fortunate enough to have my education supported. I will be attending a private institution, Boston University, for law school.
syako syako 9 years
for sure! :highfive:
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
Ole Miss! Hotty Toddy! Best decision I ever made. Also, I love how us SEC girls are still clearly in love with our schools.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I went to a state university. State universities in our country are unlike state universities in the US. State universities here are like the Ivy Leagues. But the great difference is that we don't pay anything except for books, labs and miscellaneous. The tuition fees are totally free ---paid by the state (government). So I went to college paying for free. But it takes a lot just to be accepted in their programs. That's why we were called the "nation's scholar"
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I don't understand how people can say they had "greater experiences" when they have only experienced one or the other. :puzzled: In the end, I think public is better for some people and private is better for others. It all depends on the individual.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Public, great education, zero debt, greater experiences.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I went public and my sister went private - my parents had nice college funds for us, still she needed a loan to finish and I had some left over that I used towards a down payment on our first home.
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I went to Santa Barbara City College and then I transferred to UC San Diego. Both schools were great! Back when I was in school, SBCC cost $50 per semester (for residents) for a full course load. UCSD was about $700/quarter. It jumped to about $1100/quarter by the time I finished. Still a huge bargain considering the wonderful education I received. (I had fun, too!) :pepino:
theplaiddress theplaiddress 9 years
Private. My parents paid because they wanted me to focus on getting a good education so that I could be financially solid when I graduated. And guess what? I am! Also, I'm an only child. That probably helped.
sldc sldc 9 years
Public, out of state. Waste of money mostly, but it yielded some good stories.
le-romantique le-romantique 9 years
I received my associate degree (for recording arts) at Full Sail Real World Education (was Private... now a University) For 12months it was $45,000 (its even more now!) And I'm about to receive my bachelors (music business) from there, Full Sail University... 10month program... $35,000. I will be taking the Masters program online (13 months, Entertainment business) while interning/working... and that is $30,000 So everyone else, stop complaining! hahaah I can't complain though, i love the school, its year round (and pretty much 24hours) and i'll be 21 with a Master's degree.
kgtkgt kgtkgt 9 years
I went to a private college for undergrad about 26k per/year but I got scholarships and grants to cover it. Left with 10k in debt. Now I'm attending a pubic university for my grad degree will graduate with about 20k in debt.
md12398 md12398 9 years
i went to a private college, which cost between $38k and $45k per year (with room and board). over 2/3 was covered in scholarships, grants and aid, but i still came out of it with about $60k in student debt. still, the experience was amazing, and i'd do it all over again.
sweetpea84 sweetpea84 9 years
Private, but about 2/3 of it was paid for through scholarships. I don't think there is a "better" option, both have their benefits. Actually, it would have cost more for me to go to some out-of-state public schools than it did for me to go to the small, out-of-state liberal arts school that I went to. I loved my private school experience, I still keep in touch with professors and never felt overwhelmed or lost, which I could see happening at a large institution. On the other hand, our research facilities and employment recruiting programs probably weren't as strong as they would have been at a larger public school.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I went to a public university on a full scholarship.
smarler smarler 9 years
I went to a "highly selective" public university (it was also in the middle of nowhere) where the size and prestige was similar to that of the private (and 3 times more expensive) school my older sister attended. For grad school, I went to a public out-of-state school, but avoided the high tuition fees by staying below full time, which qualified me for in-state tuition. And, now I work at a private university which is about $25,000 a year.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
the first college i went to was public - it was a state school and then the other ones that i went to afterwards were all private. it's insane to see how much tuition differs - and it would have been even better for me had i been an in-state student at the first one since i was there the longest.
Brearune Brearune 9 years
public college! So many adults I know work with people who went to public colleges and private colleges alike, but they all get paid the same, so why bother?? I see no plus to going to a private college unless you are a millionaire and you just got money to blow lol
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
Private for both undergrad and law school
syako syako 9 years
Public! Geaux LSU Tigers! :woohoo:
Porkchopz Porkchopz 9 years
U.C. Berkeley. Public, and an incredible education for the price!
Taadie Taadie 9 years
private school with a full scholarship.
linb linb 9 years
Public, and like prettywarrior I was eligible for the HOPE scholarship, and I received other scholarships which was great. HOPE also paid part of the cost for books, so my college experience was really cheap.
lil_bit_edgy lil_bit_edgy 9 years
i went to a private school and don't regret it. i went to public schools prior to college and in high school i experience the overcrowding in my french class. i definitely paid for the more intimate experience but i felt it was worth it. it depends on what people are looking for.
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