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#1
Really, been reading a lot in the pit and whatsoever, and Ive noticed that american college are hell expensive. I mean like more than 20,000 dollars per year. Thats a lot.

Here in Buenos Aires we've got great public colleges which excell at science because they have the best labs in the country.

Just seeing the costs of colleges in America makes my wanna cry...

How do you feel about it?
#2
I pay 3500 a year and also take about 3500 for maintenance. I have grants and bursaries which help give me a comfortable life.

Uni should be free mind you.

I don't mind, so many Brits now have degrees so I'm keeping up with the job market and I also have space for maybe becoming a teacher if I wish. Which I wouldn't mind doing for 16-18 year olds.
Last edited by Craigo at Dec 16, 2009,
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I pay 3500 a year and also take about 3500 for maintainable. I have grants and bursaries which help give me a comfortable life.

Uni should be free mind you.

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Just seeing the costs of colleges in America makes my wanna cry...


it makes your what wanna cry?

anyway community college is fairly cheap for example the one i go to is just 600$ a semester
#7
its pretty ridiculous. and the financial aid system is so messed up. my parents make too much money to qualify for that many loans/grants, but they dont make enough to actually pay for it (lower middle class = shafted from all angles). im up to my ****in eyes in debt just so i can get a piece of paper that says "im allowed to work here now"...
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#9
Well I'll be paying for uni through taxes til the day I die or the day I up sticks and move abroad. Whether I ever actually 'pay' for it will depend on what I put into the system vs what I get out in the future.
#10
There ARE things like grants, scholarships, and financial aid. The vast majority of the time no one is paying that full price. But yeah, it's expensive. Still, they're private schools, they can charge whatever they want as long as people will still pay to get in.
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In soviet Denmark, college pays YOU.

I'm super cereal, I get 500$-ish a month.

I know, there was a Danish girl in my year at uni, the thing from the government basically paid her rent and she worked in a bar to pay for food and everything else.
#14
It's totally ridiculous and blatant discrimination against the many who cannot afford a higher education even with grants or loans. There should be free public universities that accept people based on their academic qualifications regardless of their financial income.
#16
I make a profit from going to uni. My tuition fees are less than the grants and bursaries I get. Which is nice.
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Quote by Craigo
I pay 3500 a year and also take about 3500 for maintenance. I have grants and bursaries which help give me a comfortable life.

Uni should be free mind you.

I don't mind, so many Brits now have degrees so I'm keeping up with the job market and I also have space for maybe becoming a teacher if I wish. Which I wouldn't mind doing for 16-18 year olds.

This. I'd hate to teach any kids younger than 16.
Except for I get over £4000 in maintenance loan. My parents have had to lend me money to make sure I can actually afford food though. I wouldn't mind borrowing more tbh, since it's the best loan you will ever get. I just hope they don't try and introduce interest rates or raise tuition fees but cap the loans.
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Quote by Craigo
I pay 3500 a year and also take about 3500 for maintenance. I have grants and bursaries which help give me a comfortable life.

Uni should be free mind you.

I don't mind, so many Brits now have degrees so I'm keeping up with the job market and I also have space for maybe becoming a teacher if I wish. Which I wouldn't mind doing for 16-18 year olds.



I would have thought you'd be the sort to progress to post-grad stuff.
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I really wouldn't mind doing that to be fair and I have a good mind to.



The only problem is finding an original area.

I planned to eventually go on to do some kind of post-graduate research and writing on the French Revolution. One semester in university and I realized that would be like pissing into the ocean.
#21
What money? It's free in socialist sweden.

The student loan is something like £600-650 per month so you can live pretty comfortable as well.
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What money? It's free in socialist sweden.

The student loan is something like £600-650 per month so you can live pretty comfortable as well.
I got £1400 for the whole year in my final year
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but guys thats socialism and capitalism sets u free

lol socialism is fail it doesnt work due to human nature and capitialism is awesome cz only the best and most wealthy people can afford uni


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I got £1400 for the whole year in my final year

Did you have to pay rent and stuff with it too?

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lol socialism is fail it doesnt work due to human nature and capitialism is awesome cz only the best and most wealthy people can afford uni

no u
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#26
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Did you have to pay rent and stuff with it too?


no u
Nah, but the max loan at the time was £3000 so you'd still only be getting roughly half (assuming Sept-May year) what you're getting monthly.

Also when I was at uni they were still doing payments by the term rather than month, so students tended to have awesome term-starts and poverty ridden term-ends.
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The only problem is finding an original area.

I planned to eventually go on to do some kind of post-graduate research and writing on the French Revolution. One semester in university and I realized that would be like pissing into the ocean.

There are some. I've recently done some reading on Italian colonial rule and was to find out that there is a distinctive authority on Italian rule in Ethiopia which was odd. But yeah, it's a natural problem.

I'm actually doing a Joint Honours in History and Philosophy and would be more inclined to do a Masters in Philosophy actually.
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There are some. I've recently done some reading on Italian colonial rule and was to find out that there is a distinctive authority on Italian rule in Ethiopia which was odd. But yeah, it's a natural problem.

I'm actually doing a Joint Honours in History and Philosophy and would be more inclined to do a Masters in Philosophy actually.



I was gonna do a Joint Honours in either that or Modern and Ancient history, but I feared that it might damage my post-grad prospects in terms of moving into a specific field of one subject. I have no reason to believe that of course, it's probably just paranoia on my part
#29
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What money? It's free in socialist sweden.

The student loan is something like £600-650 per month so you can live pretty comfortable as well.

I wish I had that amount per month.
I had about £500 after I'd paid off all my accommodation for the past 12 weeks.
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#31
The United States just surpassed the 12.1 trillion debt mark; we're kind of used to doing things with (technically) no money anyway.


I really, really am dreading it. In most other countries, university is an institution. In America it's a business. And like any business, you're just a lowly stockholder with exactly one stock, which you had to fight tooth and nail for only to spend more money that it warrants.

I may want to go somewhere else for college. But then again, I'm getting so numbed to these numbers I might very well take a stab at college here. Fuck it, I don't care. They can turn off the electricity. I won'y have money for that anyway
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I was gonna do a Joint Honours in either that or Modern and Ancient history, but I feared that it might damage my post-grad prospects in terms of moving into a specific field of one subject. I have no reason to believe that of course, it's probably just paranoia on my part

My old Philosophy teacher did a joint honours in Philosophy and Psychology, got a masters in both, got a teaching degree and is working on a PhD. I asked if I would be able to move on with a Masters and he was like 'yeah man, I've done it twice' and I decided to do a joint honours on the spot there and then.
#33
I got an academic scholarship that pays for all my classes. I just have to play for books. I'm very pleased.
#34
right now as a university student, i am paying nothing since i have loans, grants, and scholarships doing the work for me. however, i will eventually be in loads of debt after i graduate ... so hooray!
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My old Philosophy teacher did a joint honours in Philosophy and Psychology, got a masters in both, got a teaching degree and is working on a PhD. I asked if I would be able to move on with a Masters and he was like 'yeah man, I've done it twice' and I decided to do a joint honours on the spot there and then.



I'm going to try and change then perhaps. Although I think that would mean I wouldn't get to write a dissertation, which would be enjoyable. Good practice for other lengthly writings and whatnot. I was actually disappointed on the word limit in first year essays at my Uni.
#36
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I only pay 1600 tuition fee a year in a top of the bill uni. And I receive about 500 euros from the state every month. I still have to loan for tuition and a job to pay for studenthousing and food
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#37
I think it's ridiculous and prevents really intelligent people from going to good schools. While there are loans and grants, they aren't the miraculous life savers they're made out to be. People should not be limited on their education simply because they cannot afford a good one. You go to college and work up a lifetime's worth of debt so you can get a "good job" then spend the rest of your life working so you can pay off the loans you took out to pay for school to get that good job. By the time you finish paying off your loans (if you ever do), it's time to pay for your kids to go to school. Ridiculous.
#38
I'm at my University right now, on the computer typing in the dorm.

My college costs $15,500 a year. That's the meal plan, dorm, tuition, and books.
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#39
I go to Ohio State and when i really stop to think about it, i can see when every dollar of it goes. there are like 5,000-10,000 employees that rely on our tuition plus there is always a new building being built or renovated.
#40
Hurrah for Ireland. Our education system is probably the best thing about this country.

University is free over here, or at least there are no tuition fees. I also have a scholarship so that helps to pay for things like rent etc.
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