Moi has posted quite a bit about access issues for Washington students hoping to attend a Washington public university. In It’s Getting Tougher to Get Into College moi posted:
In Alliance With Western Governors U, A Step Toward Privatization? moi posted the the story by Meg Coyle of KING5 News about how difficult it is to get admitted to the University of Washington.
Meg Coyle is reporting in the KING5 News story, UW is Taking More Out-of-State Students to Offset Budget Cuts
Budget cuts are making it tougher for Washington students trying to get into the University of Washington.
The school admits it’s now making room for more out-of-state students who bring in more money.
“I think they should be concerned. We’re concerned,” admitted UW Admissions Director Philip Ballinger.
Severe budget cuts have forced UW to look outside the state for students.
“We cannot literally afford to enroll as many resident students,” said Ballinger.
Why? Because out-of-state students bring in a lot more money. A Washington resident would pay about $8,700 a year in tuition and fees. But a non-resident would pay three times that, more than $25,000. Ballinger blames a $200 million dollar cut in state funding.
“So when you have that kind of cut you have to find some way of mitigating,” he said…
“We’ve been turning away excellent students for years at the University of Washington,” said Ballinger.
Still, this year may be harder than ever. About 24,500 students applied to UW for the upcoming school year for 5,650 spots. That means nearly 12,000 rejection letters went out.
Ballinger says they’ve seen the number of applications nearly double in ten years. But of those, he says the number of Washington applicants has remained flat.
At the same time fewer Washington students are being admitted to UW, the state is seeking closer ties with Western Governors University.
Katherine Long in reporting in the Seattle Times article, Bill Would Partner State With Online University
Kristina Dell has a great article at the Daily Beast, 10 College Admission Trends about the difficulties students will encounter when applying to college.
So, students and families applying to colleges will have to apply to more schools.
In The Campus Tour moi said:
College.Com has some great suggestions for a good campus tour
See, College Tour Checklist, What to Look For
For many families, the expense of a college tour is very difficult considering they are having a difficult time even affording college. Kiplinger has some good suggestions about how to keep costs in check in the article Make The Most of A Campus Tour Many families cannot afford the costs of going to college out of their area, so they will be considering community colleges and colleges close to their home. Lynn Jacobson has a good article in the Seattle Times about a college tour in California with her son. In College Tours: Making The Most of Campus Trips With High-Schoolers Jacobson relates her experiences and has some suggestions for college tours closer to home.
Jacobson omitted information about Washington State University. To arrange a WAZZU campus tour
Even if you cannot afford to visit an out-of-state school, that does not mean that schools you cannot visit should not be considered for you. Often there is a program or degree option that a student cannot find in a school closer to home. Every student must consider all options in light of what they hope to achieve from a college education and what their budget is for college. Sometimes, a school located farther from home may offer a better financial aid package. Ask questions and try and find the best option for you.
College Data.Com has a great article, Should You Go Public or Private?
Which College Is Cheaper?
Many people assume a public college is cheaper than a private college because tuition and fees are reduced for state residents. But the posted “sticker price” of a private college is rarely the real price. If a private college strongly appeals to you, consider waiting for its financial aid offer before making a final decision. More often than not, private colleges offer scholarships and grants that significantly cut your actual cost, even bringing it close to the cost of a public college.
Public college cost gets trickier for out-of-state students. Public colleges are largely supported by state taxes. This means that out-of-state students, whose families have not paid these taxes, usually owe higher tuition than in-state students. Paying out-of-state tuition often puts the cost on a par with the cost of private colleges.
The Public Admission Advantage
Public colleges give admission priority to state residents. Because there are fewer spaces for non-residents, requirements for out-of-state students can be more strict and admission more competitive. At highly selective state universities, however, your state residency won’t give you as much of an edge because you are competing with many other highly qualified state residents.
Who You Rub Elbows With
One of the most important factors in choosing a college is how you feel about the students attending the school. Many private colleges attract students from a broad geographic spectrum. Others have a strong commitment to certain types of students, such as the historically black colleges or women’s colleges. Virtually all public colleges have egalitarian missions that support student diversity, if not geographic diversity. Students will tend to be from your own state and perhaps nearby states.
How Long to Graduate
Savings from lower tuition may evaporate if you need more time to graduate than you planned. This unfortunate scenario can happen if it is difficult to get into the classes required for your major, a common situation at many public colleges. On average, private colleges show higher four-year graduation rates. You can look up a college’s percentage of students graduating in four years using CollegeData’s College Match.
At most public colleges, “non-resident” students (students from other states) must pay higher tuition rates. But if you are interested in attending an out-of-state public college, there is hope.
Reciprocity agreements guarantee reduced tuition to students from neighboring states. Not all public colleges participate in these agreements, however, and restrictions often apply. To find out more, consult your high school guidance counselor and the college’s admissions office.
Out-of-state tuition waivers allow non-residents to pay reduced tuition if they meet certain criteria, such as a high GPA; interest in a particular field of study; or parents who are alumni, faculty, or staff. Eligibility rules for tuition waivers vary, so check with the college directly.
The rules for state residency status usually require a year of family residency or graduation from an in-state high school….
Where You Want to Live
Big Pond or Little Pond
Many students believe that private colleges, which tend to be smaller than public colleges, incur less red tape and offer more personal attention than public colleges…. each individual college and separate your assumptions from reality.
Prestige and Reputation
It is tempting to assume that an education at a selective private college is worth it because your degree will be more valuable. But in reality many highly successful people graduated from public colleges. And while many private colleges are highly prestigious, so are many public universities. ..
Which Is Better?
Once you have considered how well a college meets your needs, whether it is private or public might make a difference. The academic resources and diversity of a large public college system can be tempting. Or the personality and location of a private campus might be right for you. What is most important is choosing the college that meets your highest priorities at an affordable cost.
U.S. News has a list of the 10 Least Expensive Private Colleges
Berea College in Kentucky is the least expensive private college in the country, offering students a tuition and fees package of $910. Relying on endowment income, gifts, and financial aid, Berea does not charge its students tuition. In exchange, students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in campus-approved jobs.
Among the top 10 schools on the list, five are ranked within U.S. News‘s Best Colleges rankings. Below is a list of the 10 private colleges that offer the least expensive tuition and fees (figures do not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs):
Tuition & Fees (2010-11)
U.S. News Rank & Category
67, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Brigham Young University—Hawaii
Rank Not Published*, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Brigham Young University—Provo
75, National Universities
RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges
RNP, Regional Universities (South)
Blue Mountain College
25, Regional Colleges (South)
RNP, Regional Universities (Midwest)
Mountain State University
RNP, Regional Universities (South)
Philander Smith College
71, Regional Colleges (South)
Alice Lloyd College
35, Regional Colleges (South)
*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one fourth of its rankings category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.
Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find tuition data, complete rankings, and much more.
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