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How much did college cost for you?

  1. YouGotMe

    apricot / 477 posts

    3 years of school, 1 year distance education, 3 years of dorm room, including 3 full summers,, 1 year of meal plan, books and travel. Plus an exchange language school

    Total value $30 000CAD
    Total actually paid: $10 000CAD

    Left school owing $5000 and paid that off in 2010. Graduated 2009.

  2. Rainbow Sprinkles

    eggplant / 11287 posts

    4 years of private school, 2 of those with room and board. About $150k sticker price. I took out $27k in loans, my parents paid for $25k, and the rest was covered by scholarships and grants. I was on a full ride my final 2 years.

    I also took one full semester and summer off somewhere in the middle there to do nothing but work my butt off full time, and most of the money I made during that time also went to tuition. I probably contributed $8-9k out of pocket while I was in school.

  3. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    I paid nothing for my public school degree as my parents paid for it, but I estimate that I cost them about $25K per year all in as I didn't work except for very part time jobs and that was all extra spending $ for me.

  4. reverie

    kiwi / 661 posts

    6 years of "state affiliated" school (professional degree) = $110,000 in student debt. I'm 8 years out and down to 60k. I feel like I'm getting nowhere but I guess I'm inching in on 50% paid off I also paid off my husbands school loan for 20k since we've been married.

  5. LauraBear

    cherry / 215 posts

    $o for bachelors -full academic scholarship and parents paid living expenses. State school, in-state. $30k without a scholarship.
    $8K for evening masters - employer paid most of it and I paid about $1k a quarter out of pocket. $55k without employer help.

    $o for bachelors - full academic scholarship and grandparents paid for living expenses.
    $15k loan for evening masters which we paid off our first year of marriage with some help from his parents, thankfully. Sticker price was $30k and his grandparents paid for half of it.

  6. peaches1038

    nectarine / 2045 posts

    7 years of school was $163,000 in student loans. I have a doctorate.

  7. littlejoy

    pomegranate / 3375 posts

    @Applesandbananas: Oh goodness, I'm honestly not sure of the hard numbers. What I do know is that my husband and I have over $100K in college debt for my undergrad, his undergrad, and his grad school. No bueno ...

    I believe our undergrad was $15k per year, at a state school. His grad school was $8k a year, because he was an assistant in his department (he got a little stipend).

  8. matador84

    papaya / 10560 posts

    Over 20000 in tuition, room, board and textbooks. Well over it. I went to a 4 year division I public state university. Bachelors and Masters.

  9. lamariniere

    pineapple / 12566 posts

    My private university was about $35k/year. I had about $25k/year covered by scholarships and grants. My parents contributed a little and I ended up with about $20k in loans. I had paid internships and summer jobs the entire time except my study abroad year. I graduated in 2003. The last time I checked, tuition plus room and board was over $65k/year for undergrad. My kids will not be going to my alma matter.

  10. ElbieKay

    pomegranate / 3220 posts

    My parents paid for my undergraduate degree. I think it was about $25k/yr in the late 90s. The school is much more expensive now. My parents paid for three years plus a summer session, then I got a full time job at the university during my senior year and took a couple of classes for free as an employee benefit.

    My masters degree was $36,000. I did it part time over four years while working full time, and I got about half of it paid for by my employer. So I spent an average of $4,500 per year which I was able to afford pretty easily with my paycheck. It was hard doing full time work and part time grad school though!

  11. MrsH

    honeydew / 7667 posts

    Undergrad: ~40k, instate public school plus expenses. Paid by parents and some small scholarships.
    Law school: ~120k paid for by law school. I just bought books.
    Masters of law: less than 20k also paid for by law school.

    DH: undergrad: ~25k for instate public school. He worked through school to pay for it.
    MBA: 110k paid for by employer

    We are insanely grateful to have gotten through schooling with no loans.

  12. Jess1483

    nectarine / 2639 posts

    My private undergrad was about $45,000 a year (totally crazy, but it included everything, including room and board), and my parents paid for it (bless them...)

    Graduate school was...hm...I don't know. It was a state school and my TA position paid for it.

  13. lemondrop

    bananas / 9118 posts

    $45k total
    $10k undergrad, which my parents paid
    $35k grad school which I am paying in loans- getting in-state tuition the second year was a much better deal (10k my second year)


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