Education Costs

What Are Average Education Costs?

When one is thinking about going back to school or a child of yours is getting ready for college, the college tuition prices might be a bit frightening. You have heard rumors from friends that a college education costs more than buying a house does, in some cases. Does a college education cost that much, for real? It depends on where you choose to study, what program you are studying and how you attend classes.

Education Costs

Hidden Costs

There is a lot more to paying for just college tuition when you are getting a higher education. When college is far away, then there are also living expenses to consider. Certain colleges even have requirements that for the first year you have to live in a dorm. That really adds to the price of school! There is food to buy, bills to pay and that is in addition to the lab fees, books and tuition money you have to stick out.

When you commute to a school, then you can save a lot of money on housing, but there will be other expenses. There will be a lot more gas to buy, maintenance to be done so your car runs right and then potentially parking expenses. Before you commit to a school, you will need to weigh the positives and negatives of going to a particular school and see which option is actually more affordable to you.


If you can get education costs covered by grants or scholarships, then you are well on your way. But when you don’t qualify for financial aid, do you still have any options? There are called tuition free universities where you can get a quality education for a lot less money. The universities are newly founded and basically a start up to see if the venture can work. The tuition free programs are funded by private donations and fundraising done by the students and university employees. They are intended for students in third world countries with little access to other forms of higher education.

When you can’t get a free education, you can always opt for online programs or part time programs. That way, you can work schooling in around a part time or a full time job, or even caring for your children. You can pay as you go with tuition and the other expenses associated with getting an advanced degree.