cost of attendance

A College Degree from UW-Madison Will Cost You $100,968 (If You’re Lucky)

Choosing a college has become a six-figure decision. Unfortunately, many families assume they’ll pay much less because the primary cost of instruction — tuition and fees — can be far less than the “Cost of Attendance“, an official estimate created by each college that also includes room & board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses for an average full-time freshman. That’s why I prefer to talk about Cost of Attendance (COA) with families, because no matter where junior goes to college,…

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Counting All the Costs of College

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing videos, blogs and resources to help families better understand and prepare for all the costs of college. Precisely because a college education has become an incredibly expensive investment, much of my time will be devoted to financial considerations, including an in-depth look at the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA as it is known by millions of parents and students. Other topics will include creative ways for parent(s) and students to…

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The Rising Cost of College Living: Part 2 in a 3-Part Series on College Costs

This is the second in a three-part series about the rising costs of college, to help parents and college-bound students understand why college is expensive, what it costs and what you can do about it. Today’s post is about the rising cost of living at college. When you send your son or daughter off to college, first and foremost you are (or they are) paying someone to teach them. Tuition is the single most expensive part of the Cost of…

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Why Are College Costs Up & What Can I Do About It?

Part 1: Understanding & Reducing “Time To Degree” Few topics strike fear in the hearts of parents more than the rising cost of college. The media spouts random 5- and 6-figure numbers which are frightening, even more so because so few of us understand what they truly mean. And colleges make it nearly impossible to know what the cost of attendance will be. When you think about it, this is odd. The only time smart people will tolerate being forced…

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