Affordable Private Schools
According to the College Board, tuition and fees at private non-profit colleges averaged about $30,100 for the 2013-2014 school year. With numbers this high, many may wonder if they can afford to take advantage of what private schools are known for - smaller class sizes and more personalized attention. The good news is there are private colleges accessible to many that don't cost tens of thousands each year. Below is a list of the top 10 most affordable private schools for the 2013-14 school year, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Schools With Tuition and Fees Less Than $5,000 Annually
1. Berea College - Berea, Kentucky
Berea College is located in rural Kentucky and has an enrollment of over 1,600 students. Admitted students attend tuition-free, courtesy of a generous cache of donations and endowments. Each student is required to work on campus for 10-15 hours per week, and a portion of their pay is used towards tuition. Some of the most popular majors at Berea include education, visual and performing arts, and business management.
2. Brigham Young University Provo Campus - Provo, Utah
In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU - Provo 62nd among all national universities. This campus boasts over 31,000 students, and the college's tuition and fees were $4,850 for the 2013-2014 school year. The majority of graduating students in 2012 majored in business management, biological and biomedical sciences, education and social sciences.
Schools with Tuition and Fees Below $10,000 Annually
3. Rust College - Holly Springs, Mississippi
Rust College is a small, historically black liberal arts college established in 1866. With an enrollment of almost 1,000 students, Rust College has a student-faculty ratio of 18:1. The majority of graduates in 2012 studied business administration, biological sciences, and broadcast journalism. Rust College is very affordable, with tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year coming in at $8,900.
4. Lane College - Jackson, Tennessee
This liberal arts college has a student population of just over 1,500. The school has roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has a student-faculty ratio of 16:1. Popular majors include education, business management and marketing, law enforcement and biological sciences. For the 2013-14 school year, tuition and fees total $9,180.
5. Life University - Marietta, Georgia
Life University is a 4-year private school that's well known for its chiropractic program. The small school only has a total student population of just over 800. For the 2013-14 academic year, tuition and fees were $9,747. Other than the chiropractic program, Life University offers degrees in health care, business and general studies.
Schools with Tuition At or Around $10,000 Annually
6. Tougaloo College - Tougaloo, Mississippi
Tougaloo College is another small private university with an enrollment of less than 1,000 students. This college was founded in 1869. In August of 2013, Tougaloo was ranked in the top 20 of 'America's Best Black Colleges' by U.S. News and World Report. In the 2013-2014 academic year, total tuition and fees came to $10,210.
7. Park University - Parkville, Missouri
Park University enrolls about 1,700 students at its main campus outside of Kansas City and operates 40 campuses nationwide. The university also boasts an astounding 35,000 students enrolled online. Park University's tuition and fees are $10,600 for the 2013-14 school year.
8. Alice Lloyd College - Pippa Passes, Kentucky
This college was ranked 40th among 'Best Regional Colleges' by U.S. News & World Report as of 2014. The college has about 600 attendees and offers free tuition to many local area residents. Some of the most popular majors are in the biomedical and biological sciences and education. The standard cost of tuition and fees is $10,620 for the 2013-14 academic year.
9. William Carey University - Hattiesburg, Mississippi
William Carey University is a Baptist university located in Mississippi. The school charges $10,800 for tuition and fees as of the 2013-2014 school year, but it offers some form of financial aid to over 90% of its students. A little over 2,300 students attend the 120-acre Hattiesburg campus. William Carey University's student-faculty ratio is 13:1, according to U.S. News & World Report.
10. Allen University - Columbia, South Carolina
Allen University, in existence since 1870, is named after the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This Christian school has an enrollment of only 672 students, and the tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year came to $11,940. Allen University offers a variety of majors, including business, chemistry and music.