Comparing College Costs

Yesterday, I paid $193 for my son Paul’s first Freshman quarter at Foothill College (Los Altos, California). Foothill is a community college where Paul will be taking a light load for his first term and living at home. Today, my daughter Jessica in her organized way sent us a detailed breakdown of the costs for the first semester of her senior year at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Tuition at CMU is $20,590 and other expenses (food, housing, books, travel) come to $4,525 for a half-year total of $25,115. I think that works out to CMU costing about 100 times what Foothill College does.  CMU is a great school and Jessica has done very well there (she is on the Dean’s List again, with High Honors!).  It is worth the cost.

Here are the kids having fun together during Spring Break in Egypt:

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson

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