How to Pay for Southern Methodist University

Located on a picturesque campus just north of downtown Dallas, Southern Methodist University (SMU) may be small compared to the public schools of Texas, but this doesn’t mean you won’t find a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs there. Whether you’ll be a law student at Dedman, aspiring MBA at Cox or even a future video game designer learning the ropes at Guildhall, continue reading for guidance on how to pay for your education at Southern Methodist University.

How much does it cost to attend SMU?

Undergraduate tuition at SMU is billed by term credit hours, that is, the cost depends on how many classes you’re taking. For the standard full-time student taking between 12 and 18 credits, the per-semester flat rate for the 2016-2017 school year is $22,347, which doesn’t include student fees ($238 per credit hour). There may be additional fees depending on your courses – many lab, studio arts, and exercise classes change extra fees that can range from just $30 to over $1,000. In addition to nearly $45,000 in tuition for the academic year, keep in mind other expenses including room and board. You can use SMU’s net price calculator to estimate your total costs.

Law students at SMU Dedman will pay $45,432 in tuition for the 2016-2017 school year, as well as $5,664 in “general fees” and an estimated $29,370 on non-tuition expenses (housing, food, personal expenses, etc.), for a total of around $80,000 per year. SMU Cox full-time MBA students pay a similar amount in tuition, and total expenses for the year are estimated to be $76,421 for the year. If you plan to pursue a different graduate degree at SMU, check on the tuition for your specific program here.

What kind of financial aid does SMU offer?

Undergraduates at SMU may be eligible for various types of scholarship aid, including academic-based scholarships, departmental scholarships, and United Methodist Church scholarships. Once you’ve maximized the scholarships you can get directly from SMU, research external private scholarships and apply to as many as possible – use an online scholarship search engine to identify which scholarships are relevant to your background and course of study. Beyond scholarships, be sure to submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for federal grant money and look into student employment options that can help pay the bills.

Dedman offers merit-based academic scholarships to incoming law students; consideration for these scholarships requires nothing beyond the admissions application. For students who believe their background would contribute to the diversity of Dedman’s JD program, there is an optional question on the admissions application where applicants may expand on their experiences, accomplishments, or background. Be sure to complete this question if you think your profile might be competitive for this additional scholarship.

In addition to Dedman scholarships, the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship and The Sarah T. Hughes Scholarship are awarded to Dedman students by external organizations; consideration for these scholarships requires a separate application. For the remaining costs of financing a legal education, students can look to federal and private student loans.

Full-time MBA students at Cox will be automatically considered for a number of merit scholarships upon application. Up to five students per year are declared Cox Distinguished Scholars, and receive full-tuition scholarships as well as career forums in New York and Washington, D.C. Those interested in a career in operations, information technology, or business analytics can apply to be a Cox ITOM Scholar; students in marketing or advertising might be interested in applying for a spot as a Cox Marketing Scholar. Candidates from India, Latin America, and female applicants will be automatically considered for additional scholarships.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at SMU?

Greek life is a significant part of the campus community at SMU, so if a sorority or fraternity is in your future, be sure to research and budget for those costs ahead of time. Take note of not only membership dues, but also the costs of outfits for formal events, letter gear, and other outings and events that Greek life will give you the opportunity to participate in.

If you plan on bringing a car to SMU, student parking permits cost $300 per year – but don’t forget about the more significant expenses of car ownership, including insurance and servicing your car. Luckily for those car-less students, you’re not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, so the chances of getting home quickly are higher than they might be at a more isolated university.

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How to Pay for Notre Dame

Commonly known for football but also highly ranked in academics, Notre Dame is a great investment in a variety of future careers—as long as you first know how to pay for it. Luckily, the university offers many flavors of merit and need-based aid, so be sure to do your research to maximize your aid awards and minimize your total bill at Notre Dame.

How much does it cost to attend Notre Dame?

Priced as you might expect given typical fees for top-ranked private colleges, undergraduate tuition for the 2016-2016 school year at Notre Dame was $47,929, and total expenses were estimated to be $64,775.

Unlike many schools, however, MBA tuition at the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame is very close to undergraduate tuition (it’s typical for this number to be quite a bit higher). Aspiring business executives paid $48,530 for 2015-2016 tuition, totaling close to $70,000 with all expenses.

A legal education at Notre Dame is slightly more expensive, with 2016-2017 tuition costing $53,812 and all expenses estimated to total $74,547.

If you’re planning to pursue another of Notre Dame’s 50+ graduate degree programs, check with your department for exact costs so that you know what you’ll be paying before jumping in.

What kind of financial aid does Notre Dame offer?

Undergraduates at Notre Dame may be awarded need and/or merit-based scholarships. The Notre Dame Scholarship is need-based and any accepted student who completes a financial aid application will be considered; the level of assistance, however, depends on both need and merit. A number of Notre Dame clubs also offer need-based scholarships, which may help to supplement an aid package. Students are also encouraged to research private and state-sponsored scholarships and grants, which will vary based on their state of origin.

As for merit-based undergraduate assistance, there are six programs that all first-time incoming freshman will be considered for. Students will be notified if additional materials are required for their application. The Notre Dame Scholars Award Program, for example, awards $25,000 per year for up to four years, and program participants also engage in leadership development activities. The remaining merit-based scholarships are of the same amount, apart from the Stamps Scholars Program, which covers full tuition and fees and gives students access to a $12,000 “enrichment fund.”

Mendoza MBA students aren’t likely to fare quite as well on the need-based side of things, but will be considered for dozens of fellowships and graduate assistantships that over 60 percent of students are awarded per year. Fellowships are granted in amounts from $5,000 to full tuition, and all except one require no additional application beyond the admissions application. Beyond MBA fellowships, students can look to private and federal student loans to fill the gap between merit-based aid and total expenses.

Law students at Notre Dame will be considered for both merit and need-based scholarships. Most merit scholarships require no extra application, but students are encouraged to submit an admissions application as early as possible. The Polking Family Fellowship is the only Notre Dame scholarship that requires a separate application – Fellows of this program will work closely with the Center for Ethics and Culture. Other aid options include external scholarships, student loans, and the Loan Assistance Repayment Program for students who accept positions in public interest or public service after graduating.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Notre Dame?

Notre Dame has no Greek life, instead assigning undergraduates to residence halls that act somewhat like fraternities and sororities. If you’re a big fan of social groups, this means you’ll reap the benefits without paying membership dues and the other costs associated with being part of the Greek system.

Students wishing to bring a car to campus can purchase a parking permit after completing one semester in good standing, so unlike some schools in major metropolitan areas, you won’t have to give up your car if you really don’t want to. That said, students report parking to be a bit of a trek from the main campus and claim a car isn’t necessary, so if you’re looking to save on gasoline, maintenance, and the other stresses of car ownership, perhaps considered leaving your car at home when you head to South Bend.

Lastly, consider travel expenses – to Fighting Irish away games, home for the holidays and summer, and perhaps even a winter vacation to thaw your bones if you’re not accustomed to midwestern winters. There is a smaller airport in South Bend, but depending on flight availability you might find yourself flying in and out of Chicago, which is about two hours west of campus.

 

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How to Pay for Dartmouth

If you’re headed to the smallest of the Ivy Leagues, you’re right to be thinking about how to pay for your education at Dartmouth. Perhaps you’ll pursue an MBA at the world’s first graduate school of management, or maybe you’ll be taking advantage of Dartmouth’s D-plan for undergraduates, a year-round quarter system.

Regardless of your program of study, Dartmouth’s prestigious liberal arts education comes at a cost. Here we’ll outline what you can expect to pay, the scholarship and other aid programs available to Dartmouth students, and additional expenses to account for at Dartmouth.

How much does it cost to attend Dartmouth?

The 2015-2016 tuition for Dartmouth’s top-ranked undergraduate program was $48,120. With nearly $20,000 in estimated additional expenses, this brought the total cost of attendance for the year to $67,434.

For the same academic year, Dartmouth MBA students at Tuck School of Business paid $64,200 in tuition. The school estimates additional expenses to be closer to $30,000 for business students, bringing the yearly all-inclusive cost to $97,425.

MD students at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will pay $59,463 in tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year, regardless of their year in medical school. Additional costs, however, vary by year, partially due to the length of the program (years one and two are ten months; years three and four are twelve months), but also because of other fees such as the cost of taking the National Board Exam. Students in years one and two can expect to pay a total of close to $80,000; years three and four cost around $85,000.

Dartmouth does not have a law school, but other advanced degrees include PhD, MS, and MA programs, as well as a plethora of advanced degrees from the Thayer School of Engineering. Look up your specific program to see how much your studies will cost.

What kind of financial aid does Dartmouth offer?

Ranked a “Best Value School” by U.S. News & World Report and said to have one of the highest returns on investment amongst the Ivy Leagues, Dartmouth is committed to making sure students and their families can afford their degrees. One example of this commitment is free tuition for undergraduate students whose families earn less than $100,000 per year. These families can also take out private or federal student loans if in need of assistance paying for expenses beyond tuition. Even students with family earning above $100,000 will be considered for scholarships, and will also be offered loans.

Undergraduate scholarships are awarded in the form of need-based Dartmouth Scholarships or Endowed Scholarships. Dartmouth Scholarships range in amount from $1,000-$50,000, depending on need. There are more than 750 Endowed Scholarships, and recipients of these awards will be asked to write a thank-you note to their donor each year – some students even meet their donors.

Tuck students may also be offered scholarships ranging from $5,000 to full-tuition, which are renewed for the second year provided the student maintains satisfactory academic standing. These awards are based on a combination of merit and need, and all students will be automatically considered upon application to the program.

Students at the Geisel School of Medicine are expected to take out loans to finance their education. Financial aid packages at Geisel start with a base loan of up to $41,000, which is the minimum amount of loan required before other aid is awarded. Beyond that amount, students will be considered for scholarships to meet their full demonstrated need.

Scholarships for other graduate degrees are awarded by the department, so if you’re pursuing a Master’s, for example, contact your department to see which types of scholarships you might be eligible for.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Dartmouth?

Given Dartmouth is rather isolated compared to most schools, you might want to budget a bit more for getting off campus – whether that’s with a car you bring with you, or on the popular Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) trips. Parking a car on campus is just $75 per term, which is unlikely to break the bank, but take into account other expenses such as gasoline, insurance, and maintenance. The cost of joining the DOC is relatively low, but some trips will cost a few hundred dollars.

In addition, Dartmouth has a strong Greek culture. If you plan to take part, be sure to account for not only membership dues, but also formal wear, letter gear, and even fees for unexcused absences or tardiness in some cases. The costs may very well be worth it for the personal and professional opportunities opened up through Greek life – but be sure you can pay for it before diving in.

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How to Pay for UCLA

As a top-ranked public school, the University of California, Los Angeles (or UCLA) is a great bet for nearly any program of study and offers reduced tuition to residents of California. 

Regardless of your home state, be sure to investigate how to pay for UCLA, as your options will differ greatly depending on your degree. For example, many medical students will be granted a free medical education thanks to a generous donation from the school’s namesake; law and business graduate students aren’t quite as fortunate. Read on for more details on the costs and funding options for the major degree programs at UCLA.

How much does it cost to attend UCLA?

Given UCLA is part of the University of California state school system, your tuition expenses will vary greatly depending on whether or not you’re a resident of California. Undergraduates in the 2015-2016 school year paid $13,251 if they were residents, but $37,959 for non-resident tuition. With all expenses included, residents and non-residents paid a total of $33,898 and $58,606 for the year, respectively.

Anderson MBA students saw a smaller cost difference between in and out-of-state tuition. For the same school year, MBA tuition cost $50,516.52 for residents and $54,643.52 for non-residents. With about $30,000 in additional expenses, total costs were estimated to be $81,364 (resident) and $85,491(non-resident).

Aspiring physicians at the David Geffen School of Medicine pay a bit less than business students. Resident tuition in the 2015-2016 school year was $36,402, while non-resident tuition cost $48,647, for total costs of $65,860 and $78,105 depending on your residency status.

Law students at UCLA see about a $6,000 tuition difference depending on whether their home state is California. Residents paid $45,284.26 in tuition from 2015-2016, while nonresidents paid $51,778.26. With all other expenses included, the total cost for the year was estimated to be $68,452.26 for residents and $74,946.26 for non-residents.

What kind of financial aid does UCLA offer?

There are four UCLA scholarship programs for which undergraduates may be considered.

The UCLA Achievement Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate both financial need and academic excellence. The scholarship is offered for all four years of an undergraduate education, can range from $500 to $10,000 per year, and students must submit the FAFSA or DREAM Act application to be considered.

Student awarded the UCLA Regents Scholarship, which is granted regardless of financial need, are chosen based on “academic excellence, leadership, and exceptional promise.” The Regents Scholarship is one of the highest honors at UCLA, and up to 100 Scholars are selected per year from the top 1.5% of the entering class. All Scholars will receive a $2,000 honorarium regardless of financial need; those with further need will be eligible for the Regents Scholarship need-based award, which can supplement state and federal grant programs, as well as other scholarships.

The Chancellor’s Blue and Gold Scholarship Program is intended to increase enrollment at UCLA for students from local high schools and community colleges that traditionally send few students to UCLA. Awards are between $1,000 and $5,000 and may be renewed each year; scholars are also required to complete at least twenty hours of community service per year they are awarded this scholarship.

Undergraduates at UCLA will also be considered for a number of scholarships awarded by external organizations, but the Financial Aid and Scholarships office at UCLA will help select recipients.

MBA student at UCLA Anderson will be considered for a number of fellowships based on merit, selected career path, community involvement, or financial need. The Nozawa Fellowship is a bit more specific and gives preference to Japanese MBA students. Beyond fellowships, students should also consider teaching assistantships in their second year, as well as research outside funding options. For the remaining costs of business school, federal and private student loans are available.

Students pursuing a medical career at the David Geffen School of Medicine will be considered for a number of full-tuition merit-based scholarships. The David Geffen Medical Scholarship alone covers the entire cost of a medical education for up to 20% of students, so UCLA deserves serious consideration if you have a strong application and are looking to reduce (or, in many cases, eliminate) student debt.

Law students at UCLA have fewer options when it comes to scholarships, but not all is lost. Law Departmental Scholarships are awarded during the admissions process, and students are also encouraged to research external scholarships. Law students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for up to $21,000 per year through the Need Access Grant.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at UCLA?

Most people will claim it’s impossible to live in Los Angeles without a car, so it’s safe to assume you’ll need to pay for gas, maintenance, insurance, parking, and a car payment if your car isn’t paid off. In addition, Greek life is popular among many students at UCLA, so budget a few thousand extra to cover these expenses if a fraternity or sorority is in your future.

If you’re from out of the state, getting home shouldn’t be all that difficult through the Los Angeles International Airport, but don’t forget about the cost of flights to and from home. Lastly, regardless of where you hail from, Los Angeles is a major metropolitan city with countless food, entertainment, and shopping options, so be sure to spend mindfully once you’re in the center of it all.

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How to Pay for UNC Chapel Hill

Ranked the nation’s number one public university and with a medical school ranked second best in primary care, you won’t sell yourself short with an education from UNC Chapel Hill – as long as your game plan includes a section on how to pay for it. Luckily, students in all programs at UNC will be considered for many need and merit-based scholarships, as well as grants and other aid programs. Here we’ll help you understand what your degree from UNC will cost, as well as your options for paying for it.

How much does it cost to attend UNC?

Given the large difference between tuition costs for residents of North Carolina and students from other states, the total cost of attendance is estimated to be half for residents – leading to significant savings for students from North Carolina. For the 2016-2017 academic year, North Carolina residents will pay just $8,834 in tuition, and total costs are estimated to be $24,898. For out-of-state students, tuition is $33,916, bringing total expenses to $51,466. Note that students in the Health Affairs program may see different costs. For a more detailed look at what you can expect to pay based on your personal details, take a look at UNC’s net price calculator.

These tuition differences are also seen across degree programs. Resident students at UNC School of Law will pay $23,551 for 2016-2017 tuition, while non-resident tuition is $40,182. This brings total estimated costs for residents to $47,975 and $64,606 for non-residents.

The Kenan-Flagler Business School charged $40,096 for 2015-2016 MBA resident tuition and $57,494 for non-resident tuition. Additional fees and expenses brought total costs to $63,866 and $81,264 for residents and non-residents, respectively.

Resident medical students paid $24,268 in tuition for the 2015-2016 school year for an estimated total of $57,612 with other costs. Non-residents paid $51,146 in tuition and a total of $84,490 for the year.

What kind of financial aid does UNC offer?

Most undergraduate financial aid – both need and merit-based – requires no application other than your admissions application, FAFSA, and CSS/PROFILE. In addition to federal grants, students will be considered for an institutional grant to meet an additional need – consideration for a grant is independent of merit and depends only on financial need.

Need-based scholarships also exist and take into account both need and academic performance. Some also look at additional criteria, such as your intended program of study. The James M. Johnston Award is UNC’s premier need-based scholarship, and also includes enrichment programs for selected students. This award totals up to $10,000 for North Carolina residents and $20,000 for non-residents; however, if a Johnston Scholar demonstrated no financial need in a given year, he or she will be given just $1,000 for the year and remain a Scholar.

The Johnston Award is part of the Scholars Program at UNC, which provides not only scholarships but also mentorship and access to exclusive events. Other distinctions in this program include Carolina Scholars, Colonel Robinson Scholars, and Pogue Scholars – these three are exclusively merit-based and can range in amount from $9,000 to the full cost of attendance. Other merit-based scholarships at UNC include Old Well and Founders Scholarships, College Fellows Scholarships, and MacDonald Community Service Scholarships; students should also research The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program and The Robertson Scholars Program, both of which are awarded by private foundations to UNC students and require a separate application.

Law students will be considered for both need-based grants and merit-based scholarships. Those who submit their admissions application before December 31st will be considered for the Chancellor’s Scholars Program, which covers full tuition and fees. March 1st is the deadline to be considered for all other merit-based scholarships.

The law school reports that 67.7% of students received a grant or scholarship in a recent year, so your chances of an award are high. Keep in mind, however, that more than 50% of these awards covered less than half of tuition, so you’ll likely still need a few other sources of financial assistance to meet total costs. Many students, both here and at law schools across the country, look to federal and private student loans.

The Kenan-Flagler Business School is home to a number of fellowships for MBA students. The most prestigious category is Premier Fellowships, which cover full tuition and fees, as well as offer a $5,000 stipend. Full tuition and partial tuition fellowships also exist and are awarded based on factors including work experience, career goals, and academic excellence. Students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships and may consider a graduate assistantship or Federal Work-Study to cover remaining expenses and reduce the amount of loans needed.

The UNC School of Medicine awards only need-based scholarships – submitting your FAFSA annually will assure you’re considered for dozens of awards. If selected for an award, you’ll likely be asked to write a thank-you note and attend an awards dinner in order to thank the donor who provided your scholarship.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at UNC?

If you plan to bring a car with you to UNC, beware of limitations with on-campus housing. Freshman undergraduates are not allowed to park on campus, and even upper-class students are limited to a lottery system for parking permits. Beyond parking permit fees (in the hundreds of dollars per year), keep in mind the other expenses of bringing a car with you, such as maintenance and gasoline.

If you’re looking for the social boost that often comes from joining a fraternity or sorority, do keep in mind the cost of Greek life – not only the financial cost but also the time commitment you’ll be held to. Students report that Greek life at UNC isn’t all about the parties, but rather that participants are required to complete service and other activities benefitting the surrounding community. You’ll also be required to keep your grades up and go through the rush process, which means you’ll be juggling lots of balls, particularly the first year you join.

On a similar note, UNC students are fervent supporters of the Tar Heel basketball team, so you might end up spending more on branded gear and transportation to away games than at some other schools. But don’t let the cost scare you away – cheering on the team is an integral part of most students’ experience at UNC Chapel Hill.

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How to Pay for Columbia University

With a picturesque campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and top rankings for most of its programs, it might be easy to forget about the cost of attending while studying at Columbia University.

With more than 20 different schools (and a few different campuses), from the College of Physicians and Surgeons to Columbia Business School to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, students have a wide range of options while studying at Columbia. Regardless of your program, read on for more details on how to pay for your Columbia education.

How much does it cost to attend Columbia?

The cost of attending Columbia will depend on which degree program you are enrolled. Undergraduate tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year was $53,000, with the total cost of attendance (housing, food, books, etc.) estimated to be near $70,000.

Columbia Business School students paid an estimated $65,988 in tuition and $99,824 per year inclusive of all expenses. Tuition for Columbia Law School students in the 2015-2016 school year was $60,624 and totaled $88,530 including all expenses. Medical student tuition was $57,634, with total expenses estimated between $87,000 and $95,000, depending on the year of medical school.

What kind of financial aid does Columbia offer?

For undergraduate students, Columbia’s aid scheme relies on a number of principles, including “no loans” meaning students are not expected to take out loans to pay for their education, as well as $0 parent contribution for families with an annual income of less than $60,000. This aid is provided through the Columbia Grant, which is awarded based on financial need, as well as federal and state grants, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant for residents of New York state.

Students accepted to Columbia Business School will be considered for a number of different scholarships and fellowships. Scholarships are most often need-based, and the amount awarded can range from $7,500-$30,000 depending on available funds. The business school also offers a number of different programs to assist military and veteran students.

Columbia Business School fellowships, on the other hand, are awarded to talented students based on “academic excellence, geographic and personal background, and professional experience.” 

The funds for these fellowships come from a mix of individual, corporate, and foundation donors. For example, the Project Charity Trust Fellowship covers partial tuition and is awarded to students from the European Union. For the remainder of tuition and other expenses not covered by fellowship or scholarship, federal and private loans are the route taken by more than 50% of Columbia’s MBA students.

Columbia Law School helps students pay for their education in similar ways to the medical school. This assistance includes need-based grants, fellowships awarded at the time of admission, and awards specific to veteran students. Medical students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships, and they can also apply for scholarships awarded by the school, such as The Alan and Ruth Borenstein Medical Scholarship Fund.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Columbia?

Chances are you won’t want to deal with a car in Manhattan, which will help reduce your transportation costs. Then again, you will be living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. In addition to a budget for warm clothes for the winter months, keep in mind the wide range of dining and entertainment options that will constantly tempt you in the Big Apple.

If you plan to live off-campus while at Columbia, consider that what you pay for rent in another city likely won’t compare to apartment prices in Manhattan. Columbia does have an Off-Campus Housing Assistance office, which helps students find apartments, sublets, and roommates, but securing an apartment may prove difficult for students with no income, so make sure to plan far in advance if you’re set on living off-campus.

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How to Pay for Georgetown University

Not far from the Potomac River, you’ll find a few thousand Hoyas wandering the stately Georgetown campus, many likely clad in blue and gray. Whether you’re joining the top-ranked International Relations program, the School of Medicine, or one of the seven other schools, how you’ll pay for Georgetown should be top of mind as you plan for your next few years.

How much does it cost to attend Georgetown?

Annual tuition for Georgetown undergraduates is around $50,000 and estimated living expenses bring that number up to nearly $66,000. Unlike some other schools that estimate undergraduate living expenses to be around $20,000 per year, these additional attendance costs are a few thousand dollars lower at Georgetown, with that number closer to $15,000.

Georgetown Law tuition was $54,114 in the 2015-2016 academic year, and with all expenses in that total annual cost is estimated more than  $80,000. Business and medical students will pay just above these numbers. Keep in mind that the total cost of your program will depend on how many years it lasts; while Georgetown McDonough costs about the same as other graduate programs, students of this program will only be there for two years, as opposed to three or four years for the law or medical school.

What kind of financial aid does Georgetown offer?

Georgetown offers a variety of different scholarships to undergraduates, including the 1789 Scholarship (named in honor of Georgetown’s founding year and it’s awarded based on admissions application). There is also the Georgetown Scholarship Program, which not only provides scholarship funds, but also connects students to Georgetown alumni, administrators, and other current students. Other types of aid for undergraduates at Georgetown include athletic grants, scholarships for residents of the District of Columbia, and many other individual scholarships specific to the students’ chosen path of study.

In addition to need-based financial aid, Georgetown McDonough business students should research whether they’re eligible for a number of other scholarships, such as the Toigo MBA Fellowship, awarded to minorities planning to pursue a career in finance, or the Hariri Scholarship, specifically for students dedicated to sustainable human development in Lebanon. There are also some scholarships available to those returning from military duty, as well as Peace Corp volunteers interested in pursuing an MBA.

Georgetown Law students are also considered for need-based aid, as well as merit scholarships. Medical students at Georgetown will be considered for institutional scholarships and subsidized loans, both of which are awarded based on financial need. The medical school also provides links to external scholarships that students can consider when applying for admission.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Georgetown?

Greek life is not endorsed by Georgetown but does exist on a small scale. If you do plan to participate, make sure to account for the hundreds to thousands of dollars you’ll spend to be part of a fraternity or sorority.

You might be disappointed to find out that having a car at Georgetown is tough due to restricted parking. The university recommends that even visitors use alternate forms of transportation, not to mention students. The silver lining of this, however, is saving money on car payments, insurance, and parking fees.

Lastly, if you come from a mild climate, factor in a shopping budget, as D.C. will give you the full spectrum from snow to hot and humid. You’ll want to be comfortable during your time at Georgetown, so make sure to either bring with you or plan to purchase the appropriate clothes for every season.

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How to Pay for Northwestern

Highly ranked for its undergraduate, business, education, medical, and law programs, Northwestern brings its top-tier education to three different campuses. But, like most top colleges, it comes at a cost.

As you consider how to pay for Feinberg, Pritzker, Kellogg, or any other program at Northwestern, take into account not only what it will cost, but also the various sources of aid that can help lower the financial burden of your degree.

How much does it cost to attend Northwestern?

Before figuring out how to pay for Northwestern, you’ll need to know how much it costs to attend and whether or not you’ll pay the full price once financial aid and student loans are taken into account. In the 2015-2016 school year, Northwestern undergraduate students paid $48,624 in tuition, for a total estimate of $65,380 per year including expenses such as room and board, fees, and books.

Graduate tuition costs vary slightly as does the total amount of additional expenses. Students at Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern paid $58,098 in tuition this past year for an estimated total spend of $83,296 per year.

Kellogg business students were charged $64,059 in tuition, pushing total yearly expenses closer to more than $93,000.

Medical students at Feinberg paid approximately $55,000 for tuition and $85,000 in total for the year. That’s significantly less than Kellogg students, but keep in mind that medical students will be there for four years as compared to two for business school.

What kind of financial aid does Northwestern offer?

Ranked in the top 20 most expensive colleges for multiple years in a row, it’s no surprise that Northwestern offers substantial financial aid to attract students. Northwestern is one of few private undergraduate institutions to meet each student’s full financial need or the difference between what their family can contribute and the cost of attendance. This is achieved through Northwestern scholarships (which totaled $138 million in the 2014-2015 school year and were awarded to 45% of undergraduates), state and federal grants, and outside scholarships.

There are nearly a dozen Northwestern undergraduate scholarships, many of which are designed to help students avoid loan debt. The Debt Cap Scholarship, for example, sets a maximum for the debt students will incur from need-based federal loans by providing scholarship funds to replace any amount above the set “cap”.

Another, the No-Loan Arch Scholarship, which will be offered for the first time in the 2016-2017 academic year, pledges to award financial aid packages without need-based student loans. That is, any student who qualifies for need-based loans will receive that same amount of money in the form of a No-Loan Arch Scholarship.

Other university scholarships include the Good Neighbor, Great University scholarship (awarded to graduates of high schools in Evanston and Chicago), the Karr Achievement Scholarship, and the Founders Scholarship, among others.

Graduate students are unfortunately less likely to graduate without loans.

Feinberg medical students have the option of taking out federal loans to cover 100% of their costs. Financial aid packages from Feinberg may include federal loans, merit-based scholarships, and need-based grants. The financial aid site also lists a number of external scholarships that students can apply for to cover more of their costs.

Pritzker law students are awarded scholarships and grants based on a combination of financial need and merit and scholarships are automatically renewed for all three years.

Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships (conveniently listed here by scholarship type) and writing competitions. Pritzker is also committed to assisting new lawyers practicing in the fields of public interest and government, in hopes that they will stay in these jobs long enough for full loan repayment to kick in, as many students in the current system have to leave for private sector jobs in order to pay the bills.

On top of the federal income-based repayment program, which allows you to make smaller loan payments but does not cover the interest due on the loan, Pritzker offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program that helps graduates pay down some of this interest. In addition, the Interest Freedom Program at Pritzker assists graduates in their first year of loan repayment who earn less than $90,000 per year with their interest payments.

Students at Kellogg also have a number of both merit and need-based scholarship options. All admitted students who complete a FAFSA application will be considered for the KSM Scholarship, KSM MMM Scholarship, and KSM Diversity Scholarship. These awards will be renewed in the student’s second year at Kellogg. There are also scholarships available to MBA/MMM and MD/MBA program participants.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Northwestern?

Given Northwestern is close to the Windy City (or in it if you’re on the Chicago campus), make sure you’re prepared for weather of all types—sun, rain, and snow. If you come from a more temperate climate, leave some wiggle room in your budget for winter clothes.

As for transportation options, it’s highly recommended not to bring a car if you’re living on campus. Northwestern provides a number of shuttles, making it easy for students to get around and between campuses. The good news here is that you’ll avoid the costs associated with car ownership, which can add up when you take gas, parking, car and insurance payments, and (if you’re unlucky) tickets.

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How to Pay for New York University

With the total enrollment approaching 60,000 and hundreds of thousands of alumni in the United States alone, being an NYU student means you’ll be joining a strong and international network. It but also means you’ll join a group with among the highest student debt in America.

Going to NYU may well be worth it, but be sure to think through how to pay for your NYU degree beforehand.

How much does it cost to attend NYU?

Given its massive size and number of different academic programs, even undergraduate tuition varies slightly by your course of study at NYU. Full-time Tisch School of the Arts undergraduates, for example, will pay $26,941 in tuition for the 2016-2017 school year. Undergraduates at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, on the other hand, will be charged $24,805. You can look up how much tuition costs at your college here. With room and board and other expenses, the total cost of attendance for the year comes to somewhere around $70,000.

Total costs for students of the NYU School of Medicine will vary slightly by the year in the program, totaling around $80,000 per year for years one, two, and four, and closer to $87,000 for third-year students. Tuition is the same across years, so it is additional expenses that vary; in the 2015-2016 academic year, medical student tuition was $54,030. Costs for NYU Law students are very similar. Business students at Stern, however, may pay into six figures per year of school, with tuition over $60,000 and total estimated expenses just surpassing $100,00 for one year of the program.

What kind of financial aid does NYU offer?

Despite large tuition numbers, many NYU students pay much less than sticker price for NYU. Undergraduates are automatically considered for merit and need-based scholarships and grants. New York University Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, and the average NYU Scholarship in 2014 was $28,179. In addition to merit-based scholarships, a number of federal and state programs provide need-based aid, such as the Pell grant. In fact, 21% of NYU undergraduates receive a Pell grant.

For NYU Law students, most scholarship aid comes from Dean’s Award scholarships, which are awarded in varying amounts up to full tuition. A smaller number of students will receive the Vanderbilt Scholarship for demonstrating exceptional academic merit. All admitted students who apply for financial aid will be considered for these scholarships. For students looking for additional sources of aid, “programmatic scholarships” are available to those interested in specific fields. The Furman Academic Scholars Program, for example, is awarded to students interested in becoming legal academics; the ASPIRE Full-Tuition Cybersecurity Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship awarded to students planning cybersecurity careers in state, local, or federal government. There are much more and you can browse through all available programmatic scholarships to see if your profile might fit one or more.

While NYU Stern is rather pricey, at least 20% of admitted students are lucky enough to receive a merit-based scholarship, most of which are full or half-tuition awards. Many of these scholarships provide not only financial assistance but also the opportunity to interact with faculty members; Dean’s Scholars, for example, can connect directly with Peter Blair Henry – Dean of the Stern School of Business. Similarly, Named Faculty Scholarship recipients are paired with distinguished faculty members with similar interests. In addition to merit scholarships, MBA candidates at Stern are eligible to receive tuition remission by working as a Teaching or Graduate Fellow – for example, as admissions ambassadors, career coaches, or teaching assistants. Students can save up to $21,600 in tuition during their two-year program by working as a fellow.

Medical students at NYU School of Medicine also have some options for funding their degree. Need-based scholarships are awarded to those students who demonstrate the greatest financial need – around one-quarter of students in each class receives an NYU scholarship. Merit scholarships are also awarded to those who demonstrate academic excellence. NYU loans are another option, which, unlike federal and private student loans, do not accrue interest while the student is in school.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at NYU?

Lucky for you, having a car while at NYU is pretty much out of the question – which can save you a lot when it comes to expenses like car insurance and parking in Manhattan. On top of that, you’ll be living in a city with one of the world’s best subway systems, so getting around town will be affordable and easy.

That said, being in a major city like Manhattan means you’ll have access to endless entertainment, shopping, and nightlife options – meaning you might need additional budget to pay for weekend and evening extracurriculars while studying at NYU. From art museums to clubs, NYU students are fortunate to live at the heart of such a vibrant city, but should also keep in mind how those costs add up.

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How to Pay for University of Florida

The University of Florida is all about big numbers, from $724 million in research awards to 5,000 faculty members. As you think about how to pay for UF, however, here’s to hoping your cost will be a much smaller number. Your chances of minimizing the total cost of your education are good at UF – ranked by Kiplinger as a Best Value Public College, more than half of UF students graduate with no loan debt. Read on for more on how to finance your UF degree.

How much does it cost to attend the University of Florida?

Given that the University of Florida is a public institution, tuition costs are much lower than those at private colleges—for residents of Florida. The total yearly estimated cost for the 2015-2016 school year was $20,590 for in-state undergraduates and $29,310 for in-state graduate students. Out-of-state students aren’t quite as lucky. Undergraduate students who are not residents of Florida should add $22,278 to their tuition, for a total of $42,868 and graduate students can add $17,394 per year for $46,704 total.

Tuition for students at UF Levin College of Law is by the credit hour and the cost per credit hour in 2016-2017 is $743.31 for residents and $1,296.80 for non-residents. That makes tuition for the standard 30 credit hours a semester $22,299.30 for residents and $38,904 for non-residents. In addition to tuition, UF Law suggests budgeting $17,990 for housing, food, and other expenses.

UF offers a few different programs for graduate students of business. The full-time two-year MBA program costs $26,473 for residents and $61,260 for non-residents, not including living expenses during those two years. The fast-track 10-month MBA program for students who studied business as undergraduates costs $17,982 for residents and $41,173 for non-residents. The same program for non-business majors costs the same for 12 months of instruction.

UF School of Medicine offers not only an MD degree, but also dental, pharmacology, veterinary, physical therapy, and public health programs. Costs will vary slightly by your year in school, but for 2015-2016, resident medical students paid around $18,000 in tuition and fees; non-residents paid closer to $33,000, not inclusive of the cost of living and other expenses. You can find costs associated with other degree programs here.

What kind of financial aid does University of Florida offer?

As one might expect based on its size, University of Florida offers  different scholarships, many of which are administered by different offices across the college. In fact, the university has its own scholarship search engine to help students identify the right scholarships based on their profile.

The Office for Student Financial Affairs administers both endowed and non-endowed scholarships for which students are automatically considered, provided they meet minimum criteria such as maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Like many other colleges, UF has also launched a program to help select students to graduate debt-free. At UF, this program is called the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship and first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible. 

You can read more about the types of endowed and non-endowed scholarships here. Information on academic scholarships, which are administered by individual departments and offices, can be found here.

First-year law students at UF will be considered for merit-based and merit need-based scholarships, provided they submit the FAFSA application (for merit- and need-based). There are separate scholarships for second and third-year students, which first-year students may not apply for. These scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria, from as broad as “financial need” to as specific as “student member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.”

Aside from private and federal student loan programs, MBA students at UF are automatically considered for scholarships during the admission process. These are awarded based on work experience, test scores, leadership, and other accomplishments.

Students at the College of Medicine can apply for 62 different endowed and 30 non-endowed scholarships and fellowships. Many of these awards are open to any student of the medical college, whereas others are specific to career track or areas of interest, such as students studying learning disabilities or researchers in the Department of Ophthalmology.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at the University of Florida?

Greek life is popular at UF, so if you plan to participate, make sure to budget for costs associated with rush and other activities. You’ll also be joining the “Gator Nation” at UF, so you might be tempted to follow the team, a consistently top-ranked college sports program, to away games – just keep in mind any expenses associated with travel.

Unlike universities in major metropolitan areas, parking is easier at UF and much more affordable. Students can purchase parking decals for just $160 per year. Beyond parking costs, however, take into account car insurance, car payments, and gas if you do plan to bring a car with you.

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