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The Cost of a Private College and College Life Karly Barraza Brockett, M.Ed. Associate Director of Admissions California Institute of Technology.

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1 The Cost of a Private College and College Life Karly Barraza Brockett, M.Ed. Associate Director of Admissions California Institute of Technology

2 Types of Universities and Colleges: Colleges and Universities are like shoes, one size does not fit all and that includes cost… Liberal Arts Colleges –Private, Residential Public Universities –In State vs. Out of State Costs Private Universities –Distinct characteristics

3 Useful identifiers to help decide where you want to go… Rural vs. Urban Small vs. Large Type of Institution Academic Interests Extracurricular Interests Residential vs. Commuter Distance from Home *Cost

4 Types of Private Colleges Residential Campus –Requirement to live on campus: costs included Liberal Arts Colleges –Undergraduate study in liberal arts and sciences, exposure to broad curriculum –Majority residential requirement Religious –Required religious services, classes, community service Academic Specific –Highly focused, research rich, more tailored

5 How to help decide types of colleges… Academic Offering –Are the areas of interest in studying offered? –What are the required courses you take once enrolled? –When will you start taking courses in your area of interest? Advanced Preparation –What prerequisites are there for the school? For the area of study? –What classes can you start taking now to prepare? –What kind of activities can you do to get exposure in the field Research Opportunities –When can you do research? –Is it guaranteed? –Is it paid? Class Experience –Who is teaching you? –Student to faculty ratio? –Average class sizes? –Where are students coming from? Outcomes –Graduation rates? –What are graduates doing? –Employment? –Graduate school?

6 Campus Life Residential Campus –Living on campus –Dorms/Resident Halls –Greek Life –Apartment Style Living –Student Lounges –Dining Halls

7 Clubs, Athletics, Activities Political Social Special Interests Athletics Community Involvement Cultural Groups

8 Support Resources & Services Tutors Library Writing Centers Faculty Access Counseling Accommodations Health Services Medical Services Job Placement

9 Private College Costs Private colleges are typically more expensive than public schools No difference in cost if you are in state or out of state Endowments, grant aid, and financial aid can often discount total student cost and sometimes private schools can be less expensive than public schools FACTOR IN YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD

10 “I cannot afford a private college.” False: “You can afford to attend a private college!” Types of funding: –Merit Scholarship Academic Based Special Talent –Work Study College student friendly –Financial Aid Loans CSS Profile FAFSA

11 Types of Merit Based on financial circumstances Based on other student characteristics Academic talent Music ability, artistic talent, etc. Leadership skills Athletic ability Age, job (policemen, firemen, etc.) Other

12 Helpful Websites College Websites –Virtual tours, bloggers, mailing lists, online newsletters You University! College Board NACAC px px

13 Questions?


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