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How Much Will School Cost?

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Figuring out how much your education will cost can help you plan how to pay for it.

How much school costs depends on:

  • The location of your school (physical location or virtual) 
  • What kind of school and program you’ll be attending
  • How long it takes you to complete the program
  • Living expenses while you’re there.

Typical costs for one year

Tuition: $4,050 to $8,730
Books and supplies: $1,307 to $1,717
Mandatory fees: $611 to $1,275
Living expenses—living with parents: $2,000 to $4,000
Living expenses—living independently (single student for 8 months): $9,000 to $11,200

  • Rent and utilities
  • Food, clothing, personal care
  • Transportation
  • Medical/dental, etc.

Figuring out your costs

Your costs will be higher if you:

  • Live with a spouse or children
  • Move for school
  • Travel home during the school year

Use as many of these resources as you need to help figure out your costs:

Figuring out how to pay

Many students pay for school using a combination of resources:

Managing your money

There are 3 ways to make your money go farther:

  1. Boost your financial know how.
  2. Lower your costs.
  3. Increase your income.

Check out these resources:

What’s your story?

2 students, 2 very different school costs.

Aaron is starting college in 2 months to study Environmental Sciences. He found a job for the summer where he’ll make decent money, but not nearly enough to cover all his expenses for his first year of school. He’s planning to apply for student aid to cover part of his education and will work part-time through the school year to contribute to his costs.

Jennifer is a 35-year-old single mother. She’s going back to school to upgrade her education and become a nurse. With 2 small children, she knows she can’t handle a part-time job plus school work. Because of her circumstances, she will apply to student aid to help fund most of her education.

Read about more stories on funding options.

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