When I remark to families that my students were offered $40K to $64K in scholarships, they are often surprised! Yes, I may boast about our results 🙂 . . . . but the point of my statement is to let families know that most college students pay less than the sticker price. That’s an especially important point for high school juniors who are researching and developing their college list. Do not be deterred by the sticker price.
There are so many scholarships and other funds available from the colleges that significantly reduce the price. Check out these findings:
Among full-time, first-time, degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students in the 2010-11 academic year:
4-year public institution:
Average price before aid: $17,600
Net price, after subtracting grant aid: $11,000
4-year private, nonprofit:
Average price: $34,000
Net price: $19,800
via College Students Often Pay Less Than Sticker Price – College Bound – Education Week.
In my recent talk with the Dayton Association of Tax Preparations, I shared the calculation for determining financial need. Every college determines “need” differently. So, even in cases where your family may have a higher income, the fact that you have additional children or private school tuition can all play a role in whether the college determines you have “need.” The other truth of the matter is that colleges want to recruit certain students. They may offer scholarships to a student in order to attract them to accept an offer of admission . . . which has nothing to do with whether that family can afford to pay or not.