Ask An American: Cost of University Tuition in USA

Ask An American: Cost of University Tuition in USA

August 20, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey everyone! Dana here and on today’s Ask
An American I’m going to be talking about the cost of college tuition. How much does
it actually cost to attend university in the U.S.? I already made a video on what college,
university and high school are, so if you haven’t watched that video, it might be helpful
to watch it first, so I’ll link to it down below. Diving right into it then: Are universities
in the U.S. expensive? Short answer: yes. Long answer: eh, well, it depends on where
you go to school and whether or not you have any scholarships. Also, don’t forget that whether or not something
is expensive is all relative. I mean, before moving over here to Europe, I thought that
I had gone to college pretty cheaply, or at least for a reasonable amount. But then I
moved over here and realized that in some countries college is basically free or pretty
close to it. And so, yeah, compared with free, even the cheapest routes in the U.S. seem
expensive. Although, we also can’t forget that nothing in this world is actually free.
I mean, the money to pay the professors and have that university open and pay for all
those costs; that money has to come from somewhere! And in Germany it comes from taxes, so the
cost for students to go to university is spread out amongst everyone, whereas in the U.S.,
it’s the responsibility of the individual person who’s going to university and not everyone
in the country. But anyway, back to the topic at hand for today’s video, let’s start at
the cheaper end of the spectrum for college in the U.S., and then work our way up from
there. As I mentioned in the other video, community
colleges are a cheaper way to do those first 2 years of university. Something to keep in
mind, just like cost of living, your food, rent, all of that stuff, the cost of tuition
varies around the U.S. And so in place where it’s more expensive to live, in general, it’s
also going to be more expensive to go to college. And in general, Florida is on the cheaper
side of the spectrum, but even in Florida, it’s going to cost about $3000 to attend a
community college full-time for one year. And that’s, full-time is 5 classes each semester.
That price, of course, is for Florida residents only. So in the U.S. you are encouraged to
stay in your own state and attend university there, not go out of state. This is also,
I’m talking just about public community colleges and public four-year universities with this.
Private universities are different and we’ll talk about about that a little later. So Florida residents would expect to pay that
$3000 per year for community college. But if you’re not from Florida, so let’s say you’re
from New York and you decide that you’d like to move down South where it’s warmer and attend
college there, it’s going to cost you about three times that amount to go to college.
So out-of-state people, in general, have to pay about three times the amount that in-state
residents pay. Okay, now let’s move on to a little bit more
expensive: four-year universities. So I’m talking about the undergraduate programs only.
Graduate programs are going to cost more. This is just the first four years that you
go to to graduate with your bachelor’s degree. And I’m talking about public universities
like University of North Carolina, University of Florida, University of Connecticut. All
these universities, by the way, are within the top 25 best ranked public universities in the
U.S. Let’s look at the prices. According to the University of Florida website,
if you are a Florida resident, it costs about $6,300 in tuition and fees. If you are a North
Carolina resident, according to the University of North Carolina website, it costs about
$8,800, again for tuition and those fees. And getting more expensive as we work our
way up the U.S., according to the University of Connecticut website, it costs about $11,200.
So you can see that that is a pretty huge range in cost. It would cost you about $25,000
to go to the University of Florida for those 4 years — tuition and fees only — um, whereas
to go to the University of Connecticut, it’s somewhere around $44,000. I mean, that really
makes an impact. That’s a big difference. But actually, it doesn’t sound so expensive,
when you start considering the cost of some private universities. One year of university
at Harvard, according to their website is about $47,000, again for that tuition and
fees. For four years of university that would be about $188,000! Well when you look at that,
then, the University of Connecticut and definitely the University of Florida doesn’t sound quite
so expensive anymore. So like I said, it’s all relative. But, but, but, don’t assume
that private equals expensive. Because there are also some private universities that cost
$11,000, $13,000, $15,000 for the year, which isn’t cheap but, there are some really expensive
private universities, yes, but not all private universities are really expensive.
Okay, so, quick re-cap before we move on: staying in-state is a lot cheaper. If you
go out of state, you’ll have to pay generally about three times the amount that those in-state
students are paying. Also, college tuition varies widely around the U.S. It could cost
you around $6000 for the year, $8000, $11,000 and on up. And there are some very expensive
private universities in the U.S., but private doesn’t necessarily equal expensive. There
are also some less expensive private universities too. And we’ve only been talking about the
tuition and the fees. Not other expenses such as text book, which if I remember, I think
my text books cost me about $1500 per year, so on top of the tuition. And then also, of
course, cost of living, renting an apartment, food. All of that stuff that you need just
to live. So then, the big question is: how do people in the U.S. afford to go to college?
Well, a lot of people don’t. Debt is a big problem. There are a lot of people that graduate
with thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars in student loan debt. John Oliver
did a really great video on this. I will link to it down below. It’s funny but really takes
a good look at this topic and just picks it apart. So definitely check that out. I’ll
let him explain all the details of it but I will just say: yes, student debt is definitely
a problem in the U.S. So besides taking out massive loans, how else do people pay for
college in the U.S.? Well a lot of families start saving for the kids’ college fund right
when the kid is born, or sometimes even before, when they’re pregnant. Sometimes a separate
bank account is set up just for the college fund. That’s it. You don’t touch that money until
your child goes to college, and then it’s, it’s to pay for that. Often times grandparents,
aunts, uncles, friends of the family will give money toward that college fund when the
child is born or when they graduate from high school. So basically like taxes in Germany,
in the U.S., everyone kind of chips in and helps pay for it. And then there are also
scholarships and grants out there that you can apply for and hopefully get. And there
are actually so many scholarships and grants out there that I have seen, um, like little
seminars or evening workshops that you can take to learn how to find these scholarships
and grants and then learn what to do in order to better your chances of getting them. There
are scholarships for playing sports. There are scholarships for certain ethnicities.
There are scholarships for certain areas of study. Sometimes you have to write an essay
for these scholarships, and then sometimes it’s just that you have to have certain grades
to get the scholarship. When I was in high school, for example, Florida had the Bright
Futures Scholarship. You had to have a certain GPA,
I think it was 3.5 or higher. And you had to get a certain score on the STAs and then
you also, while you were in high school you had to do at least 100 hours of community
service. So giving back to the community. And if you met those requirements, did those
things, and applied for the scholarship, you got a full-ride paid to any public university
in Florida. And they also gave you $300 per semester for text books.
So my question for you is: how much does it cost to go to university where you live? And
what’s your opinion? Do you think that the government should pay for people to go to
university or do you think that the individuals should be responsible for their own college
tuition. Or maybe it should be like a 50-50 split? What do you think? Please let me know
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know down below or on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks! So Florida residents would expect
to pay that…three thousand. Like Germany the cost comes from…no, the,
the, it’s paid… Diving right into it. Are universities in
the U.S. expensive then? Short answer: no. Ah, yes! Short answer: yes!