Tuition Problems? Join the club.

I’m sure we all began those dreadful college applications the last few months of our senior year in high school, as we counted down the days to graduation. That boring and tedious process that our parents and teachers forced us through was finally rewarded by receiving some acceptance letters in the mail–such an exciting moment for everyone involved. Ah, the memories.

Source: Huffington Post

Source: Huffington Post

So what came next? Oh, just that little part where you had to decide how in the world you would afford the tuition attached with the college you chose to attend. This can be a very stressful time for a family, and cause quite a scare for your parents, or whoever is footing the bill.

In June 2013 a small hiccup in the Mountaineer’s lives occurred. West Virginia University’s Board of Governors approved a 6 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students. This added up to $183 more each semester or $366 more for the year, while students in certain programs would pay even more. Out-of-state undergraduate students tuition rose by 4 percent, or $764 more per year.

That may have seemed like a major increase to some, but West Virginia University still ranks 14th as the nation’s most affordable out-of-state tuition cost. Also, our graduate programs are nearly $10,000 cheaper compared to others in the region. WVU’s Financial Aid office provides multiple ways to help you work through tuition problems so you can better afford your education.

  • Estimate Your Cost of Attendance: This estimates your tuition and fees by five simple questions. Included on this page are Undergraduate and Graduate specific charts explaining tuition and fees.
  • WVU ThinkAhead Net Price Calculator: This tool helps you to better understand the estimated cost through your income tax returns, earnings statements, bank statements, investment account statements, records of untaxed income, and student merit information.
  • Reduced Tuition: WVU offers reduced cost to eligible out-of-state students depending on their selected major, eligible residents of Ohio, DC, or students of Garrett College, and even senior citizens.
  • Scholarships: these are gifted aids based on your academic performance, talent, or achievement offered by WVU, an academic department, or an external source that you do not have to pay back.
  • Grants: WVU offers six different grants that act as a type of gift aid and do not have to be repaid. These can be federally funded or state funded and usually are based upon your need.
  • Employment: Through a federal work study students can earn money working a part-time job on campus, or with participating partners. Also offered for those who don’t qualify for the federal work study is a student employment program. This program allows students to work within the University to attain funds to help pay for school.

Navigating college websites can be difficult and may seem like too much information to handle all at once. Don’t fret! Through the many options I’ve listed, WVU makes it much less stressful when deciding your future. Even more options reside on the site aimed at helping closely monitor your financial state and get you through school.

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9 thoughts on “Tuition Problems? Join the club.

  1. They get away with raising tuition because the government subsidizes it. Take the clowns in Washington out of the equation, and tuition costs will collapse overnight.

  2. Good sourcing, but a little advice-y, and I’m not sure how well you tie it to the group’s concept. It’d be useful to link a source for that 6% increase. Also, what does that image add?

    • My beat is student problems. I chose this topic because, as students, this is normally the first issue we deal with when we come to college. The solutions were all of the options that WVU provides to get students through the tuition issues. The picture just added a little flavor, nothing substantial to the post I suppose, sorry!

  3. I’ve never been 100% sure why there have been tuition increases, but I am starting to become more curious now after looking the exact numbers. Maybe bringing more attention to the situation will cause students to take notice of the situation and ask more questions.

  4. I like this a lot! Your blog’s tagline made me laugh, for one. I actually have to disagree with Dr. Britten on this one; I think this post would be made staler had you not included some image for flavor. Makes it look very professional to me.

    I dig the list, too. There’s definitely some stuff there that people don’t know. I think the WVU ThinkAhead Net Price Calculator is particularly cool, and I’m probably going to have to use that sooner rather than later.

  5. I actually thought this was a very well written and interesting article. The list of tools you included really is helpful since now readers can figure out what they have to pay. This is a big question among students these days and these tools seem to make it very simple. Which is another thing students like nowadays.

  6. This is a great post… The list is really good, great use of links and I like the structure of your post. It’s very easy to keep focused because of the linking and listing. Great job.

  7. I think that this is a great and very informative post! I really like all the links that you provided and all of the information you have laid out in order to somewhat ease the process of what you describe as the difficult process of navigating through college sites. I have had the same issue of spending lots of time looking for information and hoping I’ve gone to the right place. You’ve done a good job of making it accessible!

  8. I thought this was a very well-organized post. It was straight-forward and not too long, full of great resources. One thing I did notice, though, was that you provided statistics without linking to your sources. Other than that, I loved the use of lists as well.

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