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Tution fees so high in US!

  1. Nov 24, 2006 #1
    Why are the tuition fees in colleges so high in US, UK? (>$20000)
    The people at education fairs tell me that you can work part time and pay a substantial part. I can't beleive that by working part time I can pay my tuition while my full time working father cant. Can you really pay the tuition by working part time?

    Btw, I'm from India. In JIPMER (one of the leading medical colleges in India) the yearly tuition fees is Rs250. ($5 approx) per year.
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  3. Nov 24, 2006 #2
    I suggest getting as many scholarships/grants as possible, I got so many that they started dedcuting money from me saying I got too many scholarships and grants, bastards, oh well I get a refund check every semester for like $2,000 after all of tution is paid for/books.

    But I agree the price is increasing very fast. I don't see working part time being enough money to pay your debt if you still have to deal with housing, like food/rent/gas,etc
  4. Nov 24, 2006 #3


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    Universities are businesses and they like to make money - or perhaps the administrators like to make money to cover large salaries.

    The cost of providing education has increased and is increasing.

    Scholarship, grants and waiver of fees are possible mechanisms to reduce the cost to the student. I would also encourage people to work as a means of professional development.

    Some colleges and universities (state and city) are less expensive than private schools, but those state and city colleges usually charge higher fees to non-residents.
  5. Nov 24, 2006 #4
    20,000 is nothing compared to some schools in the US, I believe that Uchicago costs around 45 now, and NYU costs 50 including room and board. I believe reed college costs 50 without room and board.
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  7. Nov 24, 2006 #6
    wow 50k, i'm glad Penn State is in PA, going out of state makes it so much worse for fin. aid.

    whats so great about NYU or is it so high because the cost of living?
  8. Nov 25, 2006 #7
    A alot of it must do with universities not being subsidized in the states. In Canada, university tuition never costs more than $3000 for Canadian citizens.
  9. Nov 25, 2006 #8
    Are those figures in CAD or USD? Do they include room&board?

    Either way, I'm jealous.
  10. Nov 25, 2006 #9
    take a look at european universities, many are without any fee at all.

    All swedish universities are totaly free to attend and rank very highly among european universities.
  11. Nov 25, 2006 #10
    I pay a little over 5000 CDN for tuition, and no it doesnt include any room/board/food/books....ect. It works out to 500 bucks/class.
  12. Nov 25, 2006 #11
    NYU is a very good school, and it costs alot to get and keep the land their on in the city, but the main thing thats driving up their tuition fees is that alot of people want to go there for the city life, and s they are trying to buy up a lot of buildings to make room.

    bu when my sister started going there 3 years ago they cost around 30k per year, with around 5k for room and board.

    so its up 15k in 3 years, and thats a troubling trend happening all over the country.
  13. Nov 25, 2006 #12
    £3,000 is what I am supposed to pay for each year at my UK university. I have not paid it yet as I am disgusted with the poor standards of the university. I will wait until they are about to throw me out before I pay. I say before ‘I’ pay, the government will actually pay via a loan. The loan is supposed to be paid back after I am earning above a certain amount, but that is not going to happen!

    Tony Blair did not have to pay for his education, and neither did my sister, so why should I? There is plenty of money to pay for me. One less cruise missile would pay for nearly 100 students for a year.
  14. Nov 25, 2006 #13
    It cost me $6000 AUD a year to study, 5 course a semester. Next year when i go to berkeley this value has gone way way up. :cry:
  15. Nov 25, 2006 #14
    I don't know where you got this information but I pay 8.3k just for tuition and some of my friends who study commerce pay 10k.
  16. Nov 26, 2006 #15
    Reed College is closer to 34,000 per year (and I believe that is including the room, but not board).

    However, the cost of living near Reed is moderatly low, so long as you don't actually go into the downtown portion of the City it is located in.

    However, Reed isn't so bad if you are consistering out of state costs for similar education at the public universities in Oregon and Washington (state).

    Just wanted to throw that one in.

    As for my advice concerning prices: Loans and a Side job (such as being a tutor) and college is affordible, but when you get done with schooling the price tag (I am still trying to wrap my head around my own price tag) is horrible.

    Tutoring though...yeah that is some decent cash.
  17. Nov 26, 2006 #16
    hmm your right

    I remember I saw that statistic a while ago hmm
  18. Nov 27, 2006 #17
    it all has to do with how much governments are willing to fund higher education. The more a government throws in for higher ed, the less the university has to charge in tuition. Europeans have a much stronger tradition of more fully funding higher ed. Same with Canada, although to a lesser degree. In the US, not so much, which is why most students graduate with a 5 or 6 figure debt load.
  19. Nov 27, 2006 #18
    From the financial brochures of most any major university in Canada. However, I am to understand certain majors have tuition fees above and beyond the ~$3000.
  20. Nov 27, 2006 #19
    theres always finaid. usually the more expensive ones have the most scholarship programs. most bookstores have books filled with scholarships.
  21. Nov 27, 2006 #20
    The only places I have seen with a 3000 tuition is a technical school or community college. Any university is going to be at least 5000 which is what I pay, and I believe Alberta universities are among the cheaper ones. I know there is one university (a private one) where tuition is like 15 000.
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