College; It’s Less Expensive Than You Believe
by Jim Evans
College is expensive, but it may not be as expensive as you probably think. In fact, if you know the actual cost of tuition, books, fees, etc. you are in a very small minority.
In a scientific survey, a large public university in the Midwestern United States found that people were very badly misinformed about the annual cost of higher education. In fact, people overestimated the cost of a year of college study by about seventeen thousand five hundred dollars.
Although the group surveyed was well aware that costs at public colleges and universities are substantially less than those at privates, they badly overestimated fees at both. Similarly, their estimates of the cost of online degree programs were well above the actual costs.
Clearly, the media and colleges themselves need to to a better job of informing the public about the actual costs of college. Of course, students and families are also at fault for not paying greater attention to educational costs.
Even those people who answered accurately on college costs knew little or nothing about the scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid which can substantially reduce them.
As you investigate higher education for yourself or a family member, get the facts for yourself. Do not believe everything you hear about the cost of higher education or the availability of financial aid as there is a good deal of misinformation out there.
Most important of all, do not rule out college because you believe you can not afford it. If you do your research, fill out financial aid forms, and work with the admissions and financial aid officers at the colleges you consider, you will almost certainly be able to obtain a college degree.