10 least expensive private colleges and universities

Private colleges often come with hefty price tags, which can be an automatic turnoff for prospective students, U.S. News reports. Close to 43 percent of incoming freshmen said they “carefully considered” cost when choosing which school to attend, according to an annual survey of more than 190,000 first-time, full-time students by the University of California–Los Angeles. For price-conscious students, the cost of private school can be difficult to reconcile against their less expensive public counterparts. Average private school tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $28,946, compared with $8,176 (in-state) and $18,855 (out-of-state) at public institutions, according to data reported by 1,088 ranked public and private universities in an annual survey by U.S. News

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10 least expensive private colleges

While choosing the best college or university can be difficult, strategizing a way to effectively finance your education can pose its own set of challenges, U.S. News reports. Although many private schools have high sticker prices, a survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers notes that the average student who entered a private institution in fall 2010 received a tuition discount of nearly 50 percent. With the option of financial assistance, , some students can afford to look at higher-priced schools. Other students may simply explore private schools that offer a more manageable price from the start. Among the 829 private colleges and universities that reported data to U.S. News in a 2011 survey of undergraduate programs, the average cost of tuition and required fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is $27,340…

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