Friday, July 18, 2014

10 Most Affordable Private Colleges in the U.S.


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The U.S. is full of unique and diverse colleges and universities. Researching colleges can be exciting, because your opportunities are limitless. One of the biggest distinctions that colleges in the U.S. has is that some schools are publicly funded by the state government while the other schools are privately funded. Many private universities also tend to have a smaller student population, which can be a big advantage for students who tend to perform better in a smaller class setting. 

A common belief among students is that private colleges are more expensive than public colleges. But for international students, this difference may actually be minimal, as they would have to pay out-of-state tuition at a public university. This can end up being comparable in cost to a private university. 

Another advantage of attending a private university is the scholarships; many private universities will offer merit-based scholarships for their incoming class, irrespective of if they are domestic or international students. For public institutions, many scholarships will be reserved for in-state or domestic students due to government grants and/or policies. So, you may have a higher chance of receiving scholarships at a private university. 

If you are looking to attend a low-cost private university in the U.S., try checking out some of the schools listed below. The following chart is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. The colleges listed are some of the private universities offering the lowest tuition. 

Institution
State
Tuition(1)
1
Turtle Mountain Community College
ND
$2,250
2
Curtis Institute of Music
PA
$2,350
3
Brigham Young University-Idaho
ID
$3,770
4
Simmons College of Kentucky
KY
$4,620
5
Colorado Heights University
CO
$5,166
6
Bellevue University
NE
$6,300
7
Donnelly College
KS
$6,579
8
Columbia College
MO
$6,739
9
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
FL
$7,320
10
Jones College-Jacksonville
FL
$7,410

(1) Tuition and Required Fees, 2012-13
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2012, Institutional Characteristics component and Winter 2012-13, Student Financial Aid component (Final).

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15 comments:

  1. Sir I complete my 12class on 2014 with 78%mark. Now Iam study mechanical polytechnic 3years course second year complete. Next year 2017 I want
    Undergraduate mechanical engineering in Europe any University. Caan i get Scholarship any University?

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    1. WES focuses on universities in the United States and Canada, so we are not as familiar with scholarships at European universities. Perhaps a good starting point for you would be a site like http://www.scholarshipportal.com/
      Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for this useful Information :)
    I am from India,looking for college/university in USA/CANADA but i am concern about the total cost(tuition+room and board) cause i can afford $5000-6000 USD every year so, looking for those college/university that offer financial assistance and/or cost of attendance(tuition+room and board) with in 5000-6000 USD , Please let me know what can i do, any advice would be helpful

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    1. There are a number of posts on this site that address how to get financial aid in the U.S. and Canada, please see some of these related articles: http://www.wesstudentadvisor.org/search/label/scholarships

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  4. AnonymousJuly 19, 2016

    Hi,
    Is this Out of state tuition costs on in state tuition cost? I am from Pakistan I need to know the cost being an international applicant.

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    1. The costs for private university are the same whether you are in state or out of state. Visit http://nces.ed.gov/ to research the cost of any private school you wish to attend.

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  5. I am from India and have completed my Masters in Clinical psychology. I wish to do a double masters from Canada in neuropsychology. Kindly suggest good and reasonable colleges/universities.

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    1. Check out this related post on Finding Canadian Education Programs and Scholarships http://www.wesstudentadvisor.org/2016/06/canadian-education-programs-scholarships.html

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  6. Thanks for useful info
    I am from India and i want to know about the universities which are among the top 50 and which offer scholarships and/or have less fee structure(around 10000$-16000$) for one year including hostel,tuition and board,everything included.
    Can you please suggest me any universities?

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    1. Have a look at this article from US News and World Report: 10 Universities That Offer International Students the Most Aid
      http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/2015/09/24/10-universities-that-offer-international-students-the-most-aid

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  8. Hi, I have completed my masters in commerce and have a professional experience in banking operations for eleven years. I am interested to pursue an ms/mba program in US. Please advice me with the appropriate program with an affordable fees not exceeding $10000 per year. Thank you.

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  9. WES provides a tool to assist you in finding a business school, you can watch a video to see how to use the tool here:
    http://www.wesstudentadvisor.org/2016/05/video-how-to-use-business-school-finder.html

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