Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 342 Part I College Costs Public four-year colleges Public colleges (also called state colleges) are generally less expensive and largerthanprivatecolleges. Theyalsoofferawidervarietyofmajors,programs, and campus activities. Because public colleges are supported by tax dollars, studentswhogotoapubliccollegeintheirhomestatepayalowertuitionrate. Private four-year colleges Although private colleges vary in size, costs, and admission requirements, as a group, private colleges are smaller and more expensive than public colleges. Unlike public colleges, private colleges charge the same tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. While private colleges are more expensive, they are often more generous with financial aid. Two-year colleges Two-year colleges include community, junior, and technical colleges. Most of these are public colleges supported by tax dollars. Designed to meet the needs of their local communities, these colleges offer a variety of affordable, career-oriented, one- and two-year programs. Introduction The amount it costs a student to go to college is called the Cost of At- tendance (COA). COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, and personal expenses (travel costs, clothes, entertainment). The COA can be very different for different types of colleges. When thinking about paying for college, first look at how much college is going to cost. If you determine that you’re going to need help paying for your education, learn as much as you can about financial aid, and look for ways to make college affordable. Let’s get started!