(Closed) Total undergrad cost? State you live in?

posted 7 years ago in College
  • poll: How much did your BA/BS cost you?
    Less than $5,000. : (11 votes)
    2 %
    $5-15K : (20 votes)
    3 %
    $15-25K : (47 votes)
    8 %
    $25-35K : (37 votes)
    6 %
    $35-45K : (45 votes)
    8 %
    $45K+ : (123 votes)
    21 %
    I received financial aid. : (125 votes)
    22 %
    I used student loans. : (122 votes)
    21 %
    My parents assisted a little. : (45 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 32
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    703 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @ChuckNorris:  i chose a private university for the small classes and the chance to work closely with my professors. there were still many organizations on campus just like a big public university but definietly had a smaller enrollment. i love that!

    Post # 33
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    2552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    For my 4-year degree (BA in General Business Administration) I paid $0 (I was on scholarship.) However, I would estimate that my in-state tuition only (not including books) without a scholarship would have come to around $24,680

    ETA: I’m at a public 4-year university in Florida and I’m graduating this year, so my tuition costs are pretty current.

    Post # 34
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    2211 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m old, (the purpose of this question) and started college 12 years ago.  At that time, my public university, University of Wisconsin – Madison, charged about $4500 a year.  By the time I graduated, I think it was more like $5000 or $5300, but I had lots of help from my parents and grandparents (bless them).  I finished in four years, so my total college tuition (just tuition – doesn’t include books, living expenses, lab materials) was probably about 20K.

    The tuition for my alma mater is about 10.5K a year now.  Over twice what it was when I went to school roughly a decade ago.

    And my degree is in…clothing design!  Kind of wish I had gone for something more practical, like you are!

    Post # 35
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    3076 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    These numbers make me sick.  I want so badly to go back to school, but I really can not jusitfy the cost!

    Post # 36
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    846 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    mine is 55K without interest, and i took out student loans for all of it with no assistance from my parents. 

    Post # 37
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    1623 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I went on a full ride academic scholarship to a private school in DC so tuition-wise it was $0.  My parents paid for my living expenses and I’m honestly not sure how much that ended up costing them but since it was DC I assume it was a lot in the end–thankfully they weren’t paying tuition on top of that.  My MS/PhD are fully funded and they pay me a stipend so I will come out ahead on those.

    Post # 38
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    1462 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I also attended a private university for undergrad.  I forget how much it cost back then (2004 grad) but I just looked it up and annual tuition is currently $43,930 Eeek.  I’m very lucky in that my parents paid my entire tuition and I got a tiny $2k or $5k National Merit Scholarship per year to help.

    My law school tuition was $51,000 per year.  My parents helped with about 1/3 of the tuition and living expenses and I’m working on paying about $100,000 worth of loans back. 🙁

    Post # 39
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I moved to philly from jersey to go to school. I ended up graduating with 80k in loans. (20k per year with single parent…) I had a grant for about 10k a year, but i couldnt pay for housing out of pocket…so it still ended up being 20k a year. 

    I have a BA in Psychology. I’m lucky to be a clinical employee with my bachelors. gotta go back to school…

    Post # 40
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    691 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I graduated in 2001.  Back then I believe in-state tuition and fees w/ room and board were about $11000 a year at the University of Virginia. I had a scholarship, so I went for free.  Even if I had paid, it would have been a steal!

    Post # 41
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    298 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @ChuckNorris:  I got my undergrad degree with only 8k in student loans in AZ but that was going to community college for 2 years and then transferring to a university… SO much cheaper! But now my master’s is making up for the “lack” of loans I took out =/ 

    Post # 42
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    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Graduated in 2010.  Went to a state school in NC (not my home state).  Spent between $25-$30K, not including grants and scholarships.  I took out loans, got help from family, and worked full time. 

    Post # 43
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    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @ChuckNorris:  

    My undergraduate degree cost approximately 25, 000 in total which I was fortunate enough to have my parents pay for. That was in Montreal. Now that I am in law school, in another province, the total tuition will be around 50 000 paid mostly by me and a bit of help from my parents and a couple of scholarships. 

    Post # 44
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    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    7K a semester?! I paid 30k plus housing per year.  I graduated in 2011 (and only took two years to finish my BA).  My parents paid 50k or so and I had 10k in student loans when I graduated.  

    Post # 45
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    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I completed as many credits as I could at a community college before transfering to arguably the best comprehensive undergrad school in Canada.  It was about $1000/semester at the community college, and $2500/semester at the larger university.

    So, grand total tuition only was about $17,000.  Additional $700ish/semester on books.

    I received a fair bit of scholarship money, usually enough to cover at least 1/2-2/3 of the tuition each semester, worked full time graveyard shifts, took out loans and my parents helped where they could. 

    I majored in Criminology, minored in psychology.

    Post # 46
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    757 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I graduated in 2008 from a small liberal arts school in New York. When I was there it cost 45K per year, and now its about 55K. My parents paid for my education minus a small Stafford loan, something that was very important to them and I intend to provide the same benefit to my children. So total, they paid about $200,000. I am now in graduate school at a large private university also in New York and it costs me about $20K per year in tuition and fees which I am doing with loans and by working a ton. My B.A. is in history.

    I went to a small liberal arts school because I wanted the small college experience with small classes, excellent professors and absolutely no TAs. I do not regret it for a second, and now that I am in a huge school I believe in it even more. 

    Oh and I went to a private school for graduate school because all of the best programs in my field are either private or I would be out of state and it would cost the same as private. It is super important in my field to go to a top school in order to get a job, so I am doing what I have to.

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