posted on Feb, 18 2017 @ 01:05 AM
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: Aazadan
Your school sounds very intriguing.
It's a small school, cheapest in the state, among the cheapest in the nation, and randomly a top 10 school in the nation for my program. Every state
has inexpensive universities though, they don't come with the prestige of something bigger, or the networking opportunities, but as long as they're
accredited and you're willing to put in the work you'll likely learn about whatever field you're in.
Like I said before though (I think I said it in this thread atleast) it's not actually your tuition that's the important number. A few thousand here
or there over 4 years isn't a big deal. Cost of living is what matters. Rent costs, food costs, transportation costs, entertainment costs, and so
on. Most schools fall into a pretty narrow range in tuition, say 10-20k per year, so 40-80k for your degree. Lets split the difference and say
$15k/year. Cost of living varies pretty dramatically though, you could be attending school in NYC and need 30k/year to cover living expenses. Or you
could be in a small town like me and need 10k. If you're supporting yourself through loans that's an 80k differential in debt during your
I think people get it all wrong when picking a college. They should decide what they can afford to spend on living expenses, and then look at
colleges in those areas. Instead, most prospective students, and especially their parents who should really know better look at the school first and
living arrangements second. Then they end up spending a lot of unnecessary money.