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College Expense Comparison Worksheet

When researching which college to attend, there are many factors to


consider cost of attendance, financial aid and many more. These factors
can play an important tool in deciding which college is the best choice for
you. Use the template below to note the financial characteristics of each
college campus you research. Research a 2- year institution (or trade
school), in/out of state public school, and a in/out state private school. When
finished comparing- rank in order that you would want to attend.

Name Of
College
Name of
College
Name of College
Iowa State Minnesota
State
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How much is tuition & fees? $24,018.80 $28,292.16 $6,648
How much is room and board? $2139 $7,768 $8,066
Estimate the amount needed for books,
supplies, transportation, etc.
$435.80 $1,200 900
How much does it cost to apply to the college
(application fee)? If accepted, how much is the
deposit?
Free Free Free
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What is the deadline to apply for financial aid? Jan. 1-Mar. 1of
year attending
Jan.1 Feb.
15
Jan 1- March 1
What forms must be submitted? FAFSA FAFSA FAFSA
What percentages of students receive financial
aid?

What kinds of scholarships does the college
provide?
Business,
Engineering,
Agriculture and
Life Science,
Design,
Graduate,
Human
Sciences,
Liberal Arts
and Sciences,
Veterinary
Medicine
Dental
Hygiene,
Family
Consumer
Science,
School of
Nursing, Art,
English, Mass
Media, Modern
Languages,
Music,
Theatre,
Business,
Education,
Nursing
Art and Design,
Communications,
Industrial Tech,
Training
education,
Health Services,
Human Behavior,
Foreign
Language,
When is the deadline to apply? July 1st March 1, 2015 May 1, 2015
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What are the residence hall requirements? Have to be a
freshman and
18 years old or
younger
Have to be a
freshman
Freshman
academic year
What kind of dining options are available? Save Time,
Convenient
way to pay,
convenient
locations, and
Affordability
12, 15, 19
meals a week
12, 15, 19 meals
a week
What is the cost of nearby apartments? 4650 per year 680 per month
$425
What would be the average cost of food if you
did not have a meal plan?
150 per week 150 150
How much money would you need above and
beyond school expenses?
40,000 40,000 30,000


The following links might be helpful, or check out each schools website.


http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/Default.aspx


http://collegecost.ed.gov/