(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 # 107
    2609 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I got my B.S in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics from a state school in 4 years (2002-2006) and it cost me about 14K. When I started tuition was about $1,500/semester and went up slightly each year. Tuition at that same school is now $3,600/semester. So it’s more than doubled. So based on today’s prices it would cost me closer to 30K.

    I got a scholarship to pay for half of my first year tuition and then a research fellowship which paid a very small stipend for my final year. Other than that my parents paid the rest.

    Post # 108
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee

    @ChuckNorris:  mine will end up being about 30-40k and my parents havent helped at all. I have a child so I get financial aid/work and then take the rest in loans

    Post # 109
    5373 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have my BAH in Gender Studies (4 years) which cost $26,000 total in tuition ($6500 per year). I’m in Ontario, Canada.

    Post # 110
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee

    You are going for nursing. You absolutely, 100% CAN get a job after you finish college in that field. Even if it isn’t the highest paying job in the world, you can pay back your 35K pretty easily. Actually, $35,000 isn’t that high of student loan debt to have to pay back unless you are talking to someone who has absolutely no debt at all. I think mine will be about $25,000 when I graduate, and my SO’s was $27,000. We both went to in-state (Pennsylvania) state schools. Both schools are about $8,000 per semester, and neither of us stayed on campus. I was complaining to my Future Sister-In-Law about how worried I am to have so much debt when I graduate. She asked me how much I will have, and when I said 25K she just laughed in my face. It turns out that she will have just under that in debt PER SEMESTER. She will be almost $200,000 in the hole just for undergrad. Her monthly payments will be in the thousands while SO’s are about $300 per month. 

    I am currently paying interest on both my federal and private loans. I only have about $3,000 in private loans due to some summer classes I signed up for last minute and didn’t have the money out of pocket to pay for. I think I pay $23 on my Sallie Mae loans every month, and $25 on my federal loans. This is actually reducing not a lot, but a substantial amount, off of my future monthly payments. I should be looking closer to around $200 per month. 

    Post # 111
    453 posts
    Helper bee

    I COULD have gone to my home-state’s major state school entirely for free.

    However, I really wanted to whole college experience with meeting new people and experimenting with who I was.  I thought I’d stay the exact same person if I had my high school friends around.  So I went elsewhere.

    I think tuition should have been around 26k a year, but I got a scholarship for 7k each year, so probably 19k a year.

    Was it worth it?  Absolutely.  It was the best time of my life and that university was a better fit for me academically than I could have ever dreamed.  It got me to where I am today, getting paid to get a doctorate.  I like to think that the money I’m making in school now makes up for what I paid in my undergraduate career 🙂


    Post # 112
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Mine was like $40K a year. I was lucky enough to have my mother pay for all of it. Its a private university in Boston. 

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