Comparing public vs. private colleges

Comparing public vs. private colleges

October 28, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


– [Voiceover] We’re here with Sean Logan, Director of College Counseling
at Phillips Academy. Sean, can you tell us
a little bit more about the difference between
public and private schools? – [Sean] Sure. Private schools
tend to be privately-owned, public schools are generally state-run. The number of students in
general, they vary quite a bit, but most public institutions
tend to be larger, whereas private schools can
be large schools as well, but also might be much
smaller institutions as well. And that’s what correlates
a little bit to class size, so at private institutions,
one of the strengths of them tend to be that they keep
their class sizes smaller, not all, but a lot will
have, say, a class size of 18 students in a class,
whereas public institutions may have larger class sizes,
more lecture-style classes than discussion-style classes. With those institutions, though,
one of the real strengths of public schools is that they
tend to be more affordable. Their overall price tag is
less, but with private schools, a lot of them are pretty well-funded, and so if you are a low-income
student looking at this, and you see a price tag of
$60,000 for an education, one of the things you want to make sure you look at closely though,
is what kind of financial aid do they they have,
because there are lots of private schools that do a very good job of financial aid and may cost the same amount as a public school. I’ve actually been in several situations over my career where
the private school was much less expensive than a public school. So there are different factors to look at as you compare both schools. – [Voiceover] Great.
Thank you so much, Sean.