How much did you pay for college/universty?

How much did you pay?

  • Nothing

    Votes: 10 18.9%
  • 5,000+

    Votes: 12 22.6%
  • 10,000+

    Votes: 8 15.1%
  • 20,000+

    Votes: 5 9.4%
  • 30,000+

    Votes: 7 13.2%
  • 50,000+

    Votes: 2 3.8%
  • 75,000+

    Votes: 3 5.7%
  • 100,000+

    Votes: 4 7.5%
  • 250,000+

    Votes: 2 3.8%

  • Total voters
    53

G51989

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Original poster
Feb 25, 2012
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One of the issues we have in America these days is the skyrocketing costs of higher education, so the question is.


What school did you go to? And how long ago was it? Also, how much did it cost you.

I went to Florida State University starting in 1999 and graduated in 2003. When it came to tuition costs, room and board and blah blah.

It roughly came out to around 32,000 dollars when it was all said and done. First year I lived on campus, the other 3 years I lived in my own apartment. Because it was cheaper.

So, 32,000 sounds like quite a bit for 4 years.

Costs today at FSU

http://admissions.fsu.edu/freshman/finances/costs.cfm

Holy crap, roughly 20,000 dollars for in state students, and 32,000 dollars just for one year.

Wow.
 

iStudentUK

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Mar 8, 2009
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London
Completed a four year degree in the UK at a well known university, graduated five years ago. Loans were about 40,000 in USD. Half of that was tuition fees, half maintenance loans. Interest is rate of inflation, and I pay back 9% of my earnings over £15,000 (average UK income is about £25,000 so an average person would pay about 4% of their gross salary).

Here in the UK every citizen is entitled to a loan to cover tuition fees (which are capped by the government) and a basic maintenance loan. Those on lower incomes can apply for additional means tested maintenance loans, and those from very low income families get smaller loans and then larger grants they never have to pay back.
 

phillytim

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Aug 12, 2011
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Philadelphia, PA
Thank God I graduated with a 4 year technology Bachelor of Science in 1995, total was a $24,000 loan here in-state Pennsylvania PSU and living at home with my folks. I probably took out towards $8,000 more than I really needed to, but I was able to pay the whole thing off pretty quick (7 years). It was like $170/credit during my last year of 4.

I will abstain from voting as to not skew the results of today's costs!
 
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capathy21

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Jun 16, 2014
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Houston, Texas
I am currently in school. Even though I am 31, I screwed around throughout my 20's and thought I could get by without a college degree. When I graduated from H.S. in 2001, I went to my local state college for 1 semester. The total cost of tuition for a 12 hour load was $750 dollars. 13 years later, I am back at that same school and a 12 hour load is about $2600. It has essentially quadrupled in the last 13 years.

With books and such, it will be almost 30,000 for the same education I could have had 13 years ago for around 8,000.

I blame no one but myself. Had I stuck with it, I wouldn't be essentially throwing away over 20,000. That being said, this should show you how out of control the cost of education has gotten. Skyrocketing tuition prices with no end in sight.
 

ucfgrad93

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Aug 17, 2007
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Colorado
Not sure how much I spent. I went to a state university, University of Central Florida and graduated in 1993.
 

phillytim

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Aug 12, 2011
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Philadelphia, PA
I am currently in school. Even though I am 31, I screwed around throughout my 20's and thought I could get by without a college degree. When I graduated from H.S. in 2001, I went to my local state college for 1 semester. The total cost of tuition for a 12 hour load was $750 dollars. 13 years later, I am back at that same school and a 12 hour load is about $2600. It has essentially quadrupled in the last 13 years.

With books and such, it will be almost 30,000 for the same education I could have had 13 years ago for around 8,000.

I blame no one but myself. Had I stuck with it, I wouldn't be essentially throwing away over 20,000. That being said, this should show you how out of control the cost of education has gotten. Skyrocketing tuition prices with no end in sight.
HOUSING is just as dirty a devil as education, as far as costs go. We are being raped, no doubt about it.
 

palmerc2

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Feb 29, 2008
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Los Angeles
Nada. None. Zip. :D

Never went to college. Pretty sad that I'm doing better than most college graduates with a bachelors degree. IMO one of the downfalls of college is graduates think they can only get a job and work for someone else. I've always known I wouldn't want to work for someone else and I'm continuously working on my entrepreneurial endeavors.
 

lannister80

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Apr 7, 2009
476
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Chicagoland
Nada. None. Zip. :D

Never went to college. Pretty sad that I'm doing better than most college graduates with a bachelors degree. IMO one of the downfalls of college is graduates think they can only get a job and work for someone else. I've always known I wouldn't want to work for someone else and I'm continuously working on my entrepreneurial endeavors.
Congrats on winning the "I did well and didn't get a degree" lottery (and I mean that sincerely).

Many are not so lucky.
 

SLC Flyfishing

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Nov 19, 2007
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Portland, OR
University of Utah, class of 2011 with a bachelor's degree. Roughly $18,000 per year if I remember correctly; but I worked full time and payed for most of that with cash and pell-grants.

Now I'm on to medical school, which costs nearly $80K per year for tuition, and living expenses. So I'm that vote in the $250K+ category :eek:
 

Macky-Mac

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May 18, 2004
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One of the issues we have in America these days is the skyrocketing costs of higher education, so the question is.


What school did you go to? And how long ago was it? Also, how much did it cost you.

I went to Florida State University starting in 1999 and graduated in 2003. When it came to tuition costs, room and board and blah blah.

It roughly came out to around 32,000 dollars when it was all said and done. First year I lived on campus, the other 3 years I lived in my own apartment. Because it was cheaper.

So, 32,000 sounds like quite a bit for 4 years.

Costs today at FSU

http://admissions.fsu.edu/freshman/finances/costs.cfm

Holy crap, roughly 20,000 dollars for in state students, and 32,000 dollars just for one year.

Wow.
it's pretty shocking how much it's increased.......and in a relatively short time too
 

k995

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Jan 23, 2010
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late 1990's
550€ a year for the university itself
200€/2000€ a year housing
+ a lot for drinking and some for eating.


So under 10 000 for the 4 years.


That for KU leuven, top 40 in the world for that faculty .
 

SLC Flyfishing

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Nov 19, 2007
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Portland, OR
it's pretty shocking how much it's increased.......and in a relatively short time too
It's partly (perhaps even largely?) due to the federal government's policy of issuing federal student loans up to the student's cost of attendance, with no policy on what the upper limit is.

Schools can keep raising tuition, and all they have to do is adjust the student's cost of attendance to reflect how much more they want. The government will issue the loan regardless.

There may be a max amount based on the degree to be earned; but I've never run into it. And if it exists, you can rest assured that it's every school's goal to get there.
 

VulchR

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Jun 8, 2009
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Scotland
I work for a University so they pay me. :p

Seriously though, my oldest kid is in University in Scotland, and tuition is paid for by the government. My youngest is about to go to university in England, and that will cost £9000/year (about $14,000/year).

(And before we get the usual English jealousy of Scotland's 'free' tuition nonsense: (1) English students in Scotland pay the same as Scottish students pay in England, which is the same as English students pay in England; (2) if you do not like individuals paying for tuition, then elect a government that believes in education rather than the austerity fairy; and (3) my taxes more than pay for my kid's tuition, plus probably a little more for another student whose family is slightly less fortunate.)
 

localoid

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Feb 20, 2007
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America's Third World
It's partly (perhaps even largely?) due to the federal government's policy of issuing federal student loans up to the student's cost of attendance, with no policy on what the upper limit is. ...
A 2013 article on the Washington Post blog blames the increases primarily on cuts state governments have made to subsidies which supported public colleges and universities.

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part III — The three reasons tuition is rising

The problem at these schools is not out of control spending. The issue is that the schools’ are getting money they used to get from the government from students, which makes the product more expensive to families even though overall costs are unchanged -- or, in the case of community colleges, lower.
 

VulchR

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Jun 8, 2009
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Scotland
A 2013 article on the Washington Post blog blames the increases primarily on cuts state governments have made to subsidies which supported public colleges and universities.

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part III — The three reasons tuition is rising
I know of a certain state University in VA that had its budget cut by the state legislature 10% three years' running. The state now provides less than 15% of their operating budget. The costs have simply been transferred from the state to the students and their families.

Gotta hand it to the older generations in the US - once they were finished with education, they cut it loose and started focusing on benefits for the elderly.
 

Dookieman

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Oct 12, 2009
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I went to Arizona State University for 5 years. Graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science. I was fortunate enough to have my parents pay for 95% of it as I was only personally stuck with the last semester of about ~$5,000. Which is nothing compared to what some of my friends are paying.

Total was around $20,000 - 25,000.

I distinctly remember that the first few semesters were approximately $2,500 - $3,000 a piece. It wasn't until 2009-2010 did it skyrocket to $5k a semester.
 

Jessica Lares

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Oct 31, 2009
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
I went to a community college, and only have a small certificate. Just a little over $4,000. I only did 34 credit hours though, this is 2008-2014.

Almost $15,000 per year if you're full-time apparently (reading the school's website). Every one of my classes was a little over $400.
 

colourfastt

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Apr 7, 2009
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$1,500 to 2K$ a semester all paid for by me .. no grants, etc.; although I do remember many just out of high school (I went in my 30s) who were on grants, loans, etc. who were there pretty much as placeholders ..... it wasn't their money they were spending afterall.
 

0dev

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Around £27k just for the tuition costs, just over £30k if you include the maintenance loan. But it's important to note that in the UK your student loans to not effect your credit score at all and the payments just come out of your salary like an extra tax.
 

boast

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Nov 12, 2007
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Phoenix, USA
Did two years in state, Florida International University, completely free while living at home. Did 3 years and got my BS at Purdue University, owe $75k+ including interest. Graduated in 2012.
 

DUCKofD3ATH

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Nothing.

Didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, so I wasn't willing to commit to four years of college only to find out I still didn't know.

As it worked out, I excelled in a field that didn't exist (computer graphics) when I graduated from high school in '76.