Ch 2: How College Choice Impacts Cost

About This Chapter

Check these videos out to get an idea of what considerations to think about when comparing colleges and universities to meet your higher education needs. Parents and students both can watch these videos to aid in their decision.

How College Choice Impacts Cost: Chapter Summary

In these video lessons, we discuss how to evaluate college costs to find the best fit for family finances and student education goals. The expert instructors who lead these brief videos talk you through evaluating campus life and course offerings; differences between community colleges, public universities, and private universities; and methods of cutting down on the cost of education.

Choosing the college that fits your needs

In this video, our expert counselors help you identify your education goals and match them to an institution of higher learning. We'll walk you through how to make a list of must-haves and wants in areas of available majors, institutional clubs and student services, campus climate, and other criteria.

Tips on discovering the true cost of a degree

Think looking up the cost of tuition seems too simple a measure? Well it is, as all working adults understand. Students and families must also consider cost of living, fees, how much you'll need for books, transportation costs and much more. Here we discuss what you need to consider and what fiscal resources are available to meet those needs.

Community college, in-state public university, or private university?

Expanding on content provided in the previous lesson, these videos dive into the myriad points of comparison between these three categories of schools. Our counselors and educators discuss the potential savings, class sizes, and campus activities/clubs associated with each. Also discussed are search resources and cost calculators for finding private schools whose tuition, when offset by available scholarships/grants, may actually cost less than in-state public schools.

Finding on-campus jobs and work study programs to pay for school

When tuition assistance and scholarships still aren't quite enough to cover costs, students often have a chance to work for their tuition. Here our experienced instructors describe how federal work study grants and on-campus jobs work.

Using college-credit tests and transfer credits to graduate earlier, and for less

Our instructors conclude this chapter by talking about methods for skipping some of those expensive university courses. Both testing (AP, CLEP, DSST, etc.) and high school or college courses which may transfer to university credits are discussed in the videos on defraying costs by completing some requirements outside of the university. Some schools accept some exams and courses, some schools accept others, so finding the right match is important.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: How College Choice Impacts Cost
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Choosing a College: What's Important to You?

1. Choosing a College: What's Important to You?

List criteria for evaluating the academic options at a college, including: number of majors offered, academic support services provided, class size, faculty background, research opportunities, and general course offerings.

Finding the Real Cost of College: Tips for Students

2. Finding the Real Cost of College: Tips for Students

Many students think tuition is the only cost they need to worry about when calculating their college budget, but the cost of college goes beyond tuition. This lesson will help you learn to estimate your financial needs when planning your education.

The Pros and Cons of Attending Community College

3. The Pros and Cons of Attending Community College

This lesson is designed to give you a variety of information about the advantages and disadvantages of attending a community college as opposed to beginning your education at a four-year university.

The Benefits of In-State Public Colleges

4. The Benefits of In-State Public Colleges

For many students, choosing where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions they will make in their lives. Watch this video to find out what some of the benefits are to in-state public colleges and how they differ from out-of-state and private colleges.

When is a Private College Worth the Tuition?

5. When is a Private College Worth the Tuition?

Private colleges usually cost more than public universities, but they can also provide several advantages. Watch this lesson to learn some of the benefits of private colleges and how to know when they are worth the price tag.

Find Private Colleges with Financial Aid Opportunities

6. Find Private Colleges with Financial Aid Opportunities

College can be very expensive. How can a student find a college that offers generous financial aid? In this lesson, we'll look at financial aid and its relationship to the net price of college. We'll also look at how to find colleges that give a lot of financial aid.

Find Colleges with Work Study and On-Campus Jobs

7. Find Colleges with Work Study and On-Campus Jobs

In order to defray the cost of college, many students find that they have to work part-time. In this lesson, we will explore two part-time employment opportunities for students: federal work-study jobs and campus employment.

Saving Time and Money with Credit By Exam

8. Saving Time and Money with Credit By Exam

College is expensive, but there are ways to cut down on your expenses, even before you set foot on campus! Learn how to use credit by exam to cut the cost and time of your degree program in this video lesson.

Types of College-Level Transfer Credit

9. Types of College-Level Transfer Credit

College can be expensive, but one way to save is by transferring credits to the college you are attending. In this lesson, we'll look at ways to earn and transfer credits, including some common limitations when transferring credits.

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