Admit it. With prices of selective public universities reaching a tuition mark of $50,000, we are all experiencing sticker shock. The price of the school coupled with the average graduate’s $25,000 debt can make the dream of college feel more like a nightmare.
Crisp Consulting + Coaching wants to continue the conversations about wise financial decision for education. We applaud the sound advice Forrest Stuart of Furman University provides for interested families. When it comes to the price featured in the catalog or on the website, there are some guidelines to which families should pay attention.
Pay attention to the difference between price and cost. The sticker price is the dollar amount needed to educate a student. The cost is what your family is expected to pay after financial aid. These, for most families, are often very different.
Pay attention to all your choices. Do no discard any school because of the sticker price. The awarded financial aid will be different from each school and the selective private school could end up costing less than the public university.
Pay attention to fit. When making your final decision, consider the financial burden of the present and future. The less debt you carry, the easier it will be for you to succeed in the college environment
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant working with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.