It's expensive to go to college in Maine!

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Maine is a rural state with only a little over a million people. We've got some really expensive private schools, but I was quite surprised to see that 3 of our private schools (Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby) were among the top 25 most expensive schools in the US. Dartmouth is a bit further down the list, but my cousin's daughter was able to attend there on an almost full-boat scholarship (including foreign study) because of her academic excellence and an affirmative-action effort based on the fact that she is about 1/2 Oglala Sioux.

http://www.campusgrotto.com/colleges-with-the-highest-total-cost.html
 

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HOLY <insert multiple swear words here>!

50 grand a YEAR!!

Makes me so bloody glad I live in the UK. 5 years at Uni cost me £24K + living expenses.


Edit: Actually that isnt as bad as I first thought.
It is important to note that just because these schools have high tuition, doesn’t mean you will actually be paying that amount. Many of these colleges provide excellent financial aid packages. A lot of these schools offer scholarships that often cover most of the financial burden of attending the college. For example, MIT is tuition-free for families earning less than $75,000 a year.
 
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Dartmouth is a bit further down the list...
Dartmouth isn't in Maine. Isn't it in NH? (As opposed to the Dartmouth Campus of University of MA, which is yet another of those universities that tries to co-opt a bigger university's name, which annoys me to no end.) Maine doesn't have a state university, does it? Are there any other states that don't have a state university?
 
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Dartmouth isn't in Maine. Isn't it in NH? (As opposed to the Dartmouth Campus of University of MA, which is yet another of those universities that tries to co-opt a bigger university's name, which annoys me to no end.) Maine doesn't have a state university, does it? Are there any other states that don't have a state university?
Dartmouth is in northern NH. Maine has a very nice land-grant university (the University of Maine) that is a leader in structural materials involving wood.
 
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HOLY <insert multiple swear words here>!

50 grand a YEAR!!

Makes me so bloody glad I live in the UK. 5 years at Uni cost me £24K + living expenses.


Edit: Actually that isnt as bad as I first thought.
Keep in mind, that's for private colleges. Public universities are *much, much* cheaper.

Annual tuition at my alma matter (University of Washington) for a resident undergrad: http://www.washington.edu/admin/pb/home/pdf/tuition/2009-10-tf-annual.pdf".
 
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... based on the fact that she is about 1/2 Oglala Sioux.
"..about 1/2..."

You're gonna have to explain that one.
 
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"..about 1/2..."

You're gonna have to explain that one.
I knew her father and her mother well. John was about as full Sioux as you could get.
 
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With such a massive price difference, are public Universities considered inferior to private?
In my opinion, no, not at all. You can find the full spectrum of excellent-to-poor education quality in both private and public universities.
 
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With such a massive price difference, are public Universities considered inferior to private? Or are public universities the norm and private extra special?
Private just means you spend a lot more money for nothing much special. For a weaker student who needs a lot of coddling and spoon-feeding, a private university might be beneficial, but mostly it's like the difference between designer jeans and no-name jeans...the designer ones might come with a fancy label and expensive price tag, but the no-name ones do just as good of a job of keeping your bottom covered.
 
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50 grand a YEAR!!

Makes me so bloody glad I live in the UK. 5 years at Uni cost me £24K + living expenses.

Edit: Actually that isnt as bad as I first thought.
Yup, gotta remember conversion rate :)
 
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With such a massive price difference, are public Universities considered inferior to private?
The best private universities are better than the best public universities. But overall, there's not that much difference. I went to a top-notch public university, myself.
 
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Yup, gotta remember conversion rate :)
Yeah but it cost me 24000GBP for 5 years, which even after conversion means half a decade cost less than 1 year at a private University in the US.

It seems that it's about comparable to public Uni though, I was lucky that I only paid £1250 in tuition fees as I started before the introduction of top up fees. People going now would pay £3200 a year, and they are thinking of putting it up to £6k per year. Which is an utter joke.
 
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HOLY <insert multiple swear words here>!

50 grand a YEAR!!

Makes me so bloody glad I live in the UK. 5 years at Uni cost me £24K + living expenses.


Edit: Actually that isnt as bad as I first thought.
Keep in mind MIT will probably accept only so many coming from families who make less that $75k.
 

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