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HW 2010-04-08
This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
Today we answer a question from a listener in Colombia. John Anderson wants to know the costs of undergraduate and graduate study in the United States.

Well, the first thing to know is that prices are different from school to school. Private colleges and universities generally cost more than public ones. Another thing to keep in mind is that not all students pay a school’s published price. Financial aid and scholarships may reduce the cost.

Here are a few numbers for this school year from College Board organization. The average published price for undergraduate study at a four year college was about 7,000 dollars. That was for students from in state. Students from other states as well as international students paid an average more than 18,000 dollars. This is the bad news. International students often have to pay the highest prices. And these averages were only for tuition and fees. Food, housing, books and supplies can add 10 to 12 thousand dollars a year.

The College Board says the average tuition at a private college was about 26,000 dollars. Many students save money by starting their education at a two year public college also known as a community college. The tuition this year was about 2,500 dollars. A few American colleges provide a free education including military and Merchant Marine academies. They accept some foreign students.

Berea College is a small Christian school in Berea Kentucky that pays all first year costs for its foreign students, but they are expected to pay 1,000 dollars a year after that. Summer jobs are provided to help meet this cost.

Costs for graduate study in the United States also differ from school to school, and even from program to program. Here too, public universities charge more for out of state tuition. For example, at the University of Kentucky, out of state graduate tuition averaged about 18,000 dollars this year, in state, was about 9,000.

American students often have to take out loans to help pay for their education. President Obama recently signed into law a bill that changes the student loan system. We’ll have more on that next week. And international students can learn more about studying in the United States on our Web site. Look for the foreign student series at voaspecialenglish.com.

And that’s the VOA Special English Education Report written by Nancy Steinbach, I’m Steve Ember.
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