By Deirdre Fernandes GLOBE STAFF What does it cost to send your child to college? For parents trying to understand the price tag on a degree, getting the answer can be as daunting as deciphering the cost of a car on the dealership floor, where the sticker price rarely reflects the actual bill. But a growing number […]
By Fred Thys Fifteen colleges, including seven in New England, are now offering an easy way for college applicants to figure out how much their education will cost. It’s a website, and it was the idea of a Wellesley College economist. He hopes more students will realize that the sticker price of college is not the […]
The crisis of college affordability is in the air. The agony of the 2017 college admissions cycle just came to an end; many students and families just spent a harrowing weekend figuring out how they will afford the bills. And New York State’s recently passed Excelsior Scholarship, which provides free in-state tuition at public universities […]
By Kirk Carapezza It’s a dizzying time for high school seniors making their college decisions, but the next step — calculating how much it’s all going to cost — can be even more mind-boggling. Now, a handful of selective schools are trying to make the true price of college a little more transparent with […]
By Phillip B. Levine My father, a child of the Great Depression, used to say, “for free, take.” But sometimes free isn’t always a good deal. “Free college tuition” is an example of that. New York State’s recently passed Excelsior Scholarship, for instance, provides free tuition for all students whose family income is below $125,000. […]
How much would you say it costs to attend a top private college like Dartmouth or Pomona for one year? I’m guessing that the first number that pops into your mind is quite large, like $60,000.For most Americans, that’s the wrong answer — and it’s wrong by a lot. The list-price tuition at these college does indeed run so high, but just a small slice of the population pays the list price. Typically, only families earning at least $200,000 a year fail to qualify for financial aid. For families with middle-class incomes, highly selective colleges are much, much less expensive.