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Cost of Attending Private Verses Public Verses Community College & Transferring.

The differences in financials for every college can be a confusing realm to dive into. Between private universities, state schools, and taking the first two years at a community college, there are a lot of different pros and cons to consider with each. We're here to help you sort out the cost differences between private university, public schools, and community college then transferring, breaking down each part for you to decide what fits best financially for you.


 

Private Universities

According to CollegeBoard, in 2022 the average cost of tuition was $39,400 for private, nonprofit universities. This is a number that keeps going up, making it the most expensive option for college. However there are many reasons why students still choose this over the other options. The biggest reason is the size difference. Private universities are often much smaller than public ones. This offers a better student-to-faculty ratio, allowing for more personalized teaching.


 

Public Universities

Public universities almost always have less cost than privates ones. Because public universities receive government funding, they can keep their tuition rates significantly lower. Public universities often are easier to be accepted into. This makes it a more accessible option compared to private universities, and also less competitive, another factor that plays into cost.


 

Community College & Transferring

The final option is starting at a community college before transferring to a university. As you can imagine, this is the most affordable option. The average cost of community college for students residing in the district is $3,900. This will get you your associates degree, which covers your general education courses. The precarious part about community college is the transfer process. Not in terms of cost, but in terms of credits. Colleges can be particular about which classes they will accept when you transfer credits to their school. This means you might have to retake some classes, adding more cost to your total college journey.


 

The process of transitioning from high school to college can be daunting, and we hope this post helped you in clearing up some differences in finance between different college options.

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