Post # 107
- 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
@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
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
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
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
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.