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Is it better to study in public or private for tuition fees?

Been doing some research and I want to major in English and if possible get my masters though wandering would public or private be more cost effective? If possible wandering how the tuition aids work also so I can take that into perspective while searching.

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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Remington!

Public universities in-state are more affordable than private universities.

If you attend a public university out of state... That's a different story. Generally, you'll face higher tuition fees.

You can go to a in-state college and save the most money. You can also save even more money by doing community college and transferring to a in-state public school.

Sending you good luck during your college search :)
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Jason’s Answer

It depends on the school. Public Universities tend to be cheaper, but that is not a always the case.

You’ll have to look at each school you are interested in and compare tuition rates. A cost-per-credit-hour comparison is a good rule of thumb but doesn't include all the fees.

If you want to save money, stay at home, if you are able. The cost of living is a huge expense.

Your local community college will probably have the most cost-effective tuition and will save you money in the long run. Some community colleges are even trying to become tuition free.

When looking at 4-year schools (in-person or online) you’ll want to make sure you are getting in-state tuition.

Ohio has a tuition reciprocity agreement with surrounding states, which means you could get in-state tuition at a public university in a bordering state. https://www.collegeadvantage.com/blog/blog-detail/posts/2021/04/19/get-ohio-in-state-tuition-costs-at-out-of-state-schools

Some public universities offering online degrees offer in-state tuition to students regardless of their state of origin. I believe Western New Mexico University is one of those schools.

You can also save money by testing for credits through CLEP or Saylor Academy, for up to 24 credit hours at most schools.

Another option for saving money is the Tuition free (not fee free) University of the People. They don't offer an English degree, but if you plan of getting a Master’s degree, you can find a public English Master’s program that doesn't specify an English major as long as you have 18-24 English credit hours.
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