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Why is it so hard to find the cost of college online?

No local college websites have a tuition cost or cost per class, etc. Any suggestions where else to look for the cost of each college?

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Asked by TiffanyPlew at 12:41 AM on Nov. 15, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • Well, it depends on what courses are taken. Just walk in and pick up a course catalog or perhaps you can get on the mailing list online.

    Answer by txdaniella at 12:46 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • I would ask directly the college. Like go there and ask them or call. They don't post that info online usually because the cost would overwhelm and turn away a lot of people-imo.

    Answer by SweetLoveofMine at 12:47 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • The university I went to has a link to the tuition and fees right on the homepage...
    Do they have a search engine on the site? Where you could type in what you're looking for.

    Answer by EverydayMomma at 12:50 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Thanks ladies!

    Comment by TiffanyPlew (original poster) at 12:53 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • A lot of sites don't like to scare you away before you actually consider the school, like a pp said. But you could use the search bar for the school and see if you can find it. If not, just call the school up and tell them you are looking into schools and you want to compare tuition costs. They will probably try and talk you into just signing up right away but do your homework first!

    Answer by ILoveCade at 12:58 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • I live in California and the cost for community college is $26 per unit. So a 3 unit class would be $78 dollars. Plus there are fees to register and fees for the health clinic and bus system. But if your low income you might qualify for what's called the "BOGG" fee waiver and they will wave your unit fees. You will still have to pay the others though. You also have to consider the fees for books and supplies and transportation.

    Answer by mommytoJames512 at 1:23 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • We spent the past year going through the whole college planning process with our son and did all our research online (where tuition costs were listed, as well as admission criteria, student body size, all the info ...) before we visited and went to college career days for tours and more detailed info. We often received mailings from these institutions as well and the info was included there also.

    Maybe call the school(s) and request them to send you an information packet? Good luck!

    Answer by FootballMom85 at 7:08 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Perhaps you are looking at for profit schools, rather than public or private colleges and universities?

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:02 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Colleges charge per credit hour then add on extras like room and board and books. Try looking for the phrase "credit hour."

    Answer by HotMama330 at 3:56 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

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