How much did your four-year degree (BS, BA, etc.) cost?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Mitchell, Oct 12, 2010.


What were/(will be) your final out-of-pocket expenses for your bachelor's degree?

  1. $0 - $10,000

    17 vote(s)
  2. Less than $20,000

    2 vote(s)
  3. Less than $30,000

    1 vote(s)
  4. Less than $40,000

    0 vote(s)
  5. Less than $50,000

    0 vote(s)
  6. More than $50,000

    2 vote(s)
  1. Mitchell

    Mitchell New Member

    What were your out-of-pocket costs to complete your four-year degree? Please include costs you were/are responsible for including student loans, books, fees, etc. Do not include lost wages or grants. If you have multiple 4 year degrees, include only the most recent degree and the costs associated with the previous two years of education. For example, if you have an associate's degree and then graduated with a bachelor's degree, please include the cost of the associate's degree. If you already had a bachelor's degree and then used advanced placement to earn an additional bachelor's degree, then include the costs of the last two years of the previous degree to the final two years of the last bachelor's degree.

    If you haven't graduated yet, you can still participate by estimating your costs to complete your bachelor's degree.
  2. StefanM

    StefanM New Member

    I was fortunate enough to have full scholarship that covered all of my undergraduate expenses.

    My graduate education, however, has been an entirely different matter.
  3. HikaruBr

    HikaruBr Member

    I actually had a profit during my undergrad. In my country the best schools are the Federal Universities. They are all very tough to get in, but if you do get in it's all free (tuition, fees, etc...).

    And then I got a research scholarship, so I was being paid to do historical research - and I used the research as the basis for my final project (a capstone project, very similar to a Master thesis in the USA).

  4. MISin08

    MISin08 New Member

    Under $5K. Does not include espresso, vitamins, or comfort food.

  5. StefanM

    StefanM New Member

    I had the same situation. With a combination of scholarships and grants, I had a net profit.
  6. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I guess I'll add this to my list of reasons why Brazil is awesome.
  7. 1MP4Life

    1MP4Life New Member

    I used tuition assistance while on active duty, then the GI Bill after getting out of the Army, so my bachelor degree did not cost me anything.....well, it didn't cost any money anyway... My masters on the other hand I had to pay for.
  8. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    roughly 20 CLEP tests at about $60 each ($1200 but they are more now) plus 1 year enrollment at TESC $2500 plus 30 credits at TESC ($150 *30=4500) so I spent about $8500 add another $1000 for books and resources, I'm rounding it to an even $10k. I had a pell grant for $5000 and the rest was out of pocket over 18 months.
  9. xkaperx

    xkaperx New Member

    I guess Poland has a similar system to that one in Brazil, so my undergrad/grad cost nothing, and I was getting some sort of a scholarship based on my GPA for 4 years out of the total 5 years of the program.
  10. Delta

    Delta Active Member

    Does 6 years of military service count?
  11. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator

    I haven't seen you posting much recently, Jennifer. (Maybe I was looking in the wrong places?) Glad to see your posts again.
  12. Mitchell

    Mitchell New Member

    Not for this poll. Just direct out-of-pocket costs.

  13. NorCal

    NorCal Active Member

    Between my AA and my BS, when I did the math, it came out to around $11,200+/-
  14. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member


    My first few credits were free, then my AP exams were free. In completing my Associate's, I took advantage of the hope tax credit and the only expenses that weren't covered were the approximately $700.00 that I paid for CLEP exams and study materials. If you want to get to the nitty-gritty, I plan on selling some of my study materials, for a nice little return, AND, I paid for everything, including the fees covered by tax credits, with a rewards credit card which gives me the value of 2% of all purchases back to be put towards airline tickets.

    For the rest of my BA, I still have some tax credit benefits left, so I might have to pay unreimbursed for either half of my courses or none of my courses, depending on whether the benefits are extended beyond the year 2010. I haven't decided whether or not I will opt to save time by taking another $1000.00 in CLEP or save money by milking the credits for all they are worth. I may go with CLEP, because that will leave me with more free tax credits that I can use on other tuition expenses (a dual degreee, perhaps? :eek:)

    The grand total of expenses I expect for my 4-year degree, including what I paid for my AA, range from $1000.00-$3,000.00, and will likely end up somewhere in the middle of that range.
  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    My Dad paid for my undergrad degree. IIRC, it was under $10,000.
  16. Delta

    Delta Active Member


    AAS $0.00 "out of pocket costs"
    BS $0.00 "out of pocket costs"
    MS $0.00 "out of pocket costs"
    2nd MS $35,000 "out of pocket costs"

    Some "costs" aren't measured in dollars and cents though! To those who served our country, thanks! :)
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 13, 2010
  17. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    I am pretty old (not really), so mine cost three chickens, a basket of corn husks and a bucket of milk.
  18. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Is your diploma hand-written on a papyrus scroll?
  19. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    Actually, it was chiseled in stone.
  20. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    They had chisels back then?

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