First off I live in Sweden and has done so all my life, but I don’t like it here.
I mean it’s nothing wrong with this country, it’s too good in many aspects but I’ve always wanted to study in the US, ever since I was in 3rd grade. The thing is that I have nothing saved up for college. There’s no tuition in Sweden so there hasn’t been a need for me or my parents to save up for college. :S Anyway, I’m okay with the thought of having to take some kind of study loan to afford tuition + housing + other fees to go to college in the US because that’s what I’ve always wanted. The thing is that there are many organisations that take care of all the things that have to get done in order for me to go to school in USA. Now I need to know how much tuition is at your average community college in USA. I know it’s a difficult question because most schools range from affordable to really expensive, but the organisation I’m considering takes between $16.000- $24.000 per academic year. I have no idea if this is exclusive housing and living expenses so I want you, the expert’s advice on this. Are these costs reasonable or could I get away with something cheaper, if so what? And does this logically include housing and such or not? Please help… it’s difficult to get good information… :)
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I think my university is about 12,000- 13,000 a year with food and housing. I have friends that go to community colleges that are much cheaper though.
it all really depends on what school you want to go to, and what to study. The College I am going to is in Southern California near LA. I study Performing arts the cost of the college is not per year. It’s per unit. One of my classes is about 4 units while others are 1 unit. it’s $20 per unit. so i pay about $300 per semester. START SAVING!!! ask for money and save most of it. Get a different account with your bank put at least 30% of your earnings from your job into it. It will help you so much! Last year i went to Sweden. I loved it! I’m with the Citrus Singers, what city are you from? maybe we sang there. Hope i helped a little bit.
As SingingRose said, it is charged by credit hour. Most of my classes are 3 credit hours at $190 per credit hour. The average person takes about 15 credit hours a semester.
Hi, I am a Swede but I know a little about this.
To start with, be careful with those organizations.
Some of them charge a lot for things that are free.
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I will reply when I can!
Last year i went to Sweden. I loved it! I’m with the Citrus Singers, what city are you from? maybe we sang there. Hope i helped a little bit.
I’m from Stockholm. :)
Thanks for all of your help, I never really understood the credit/unit things before but you’ve all enlightened me a bit. :) I will definitely start saving!
But I’m still wondering about a couple things; since I’m going to be an international student I have to live on/off campus. What alternative is the cheapest? And are there any other housing alternatives for me that would help reduce the costs?
Living off campus is definitely cheaper, but you do have to work harder at meeting people. Last year I was paying about $800 a month for food, housing, electric, etc on campus. This year I live off campus and pay about $600 a month. It is also way cheaper to have a roommate to split the cost with (I have 2). The price you will pay for housing depends upon what area you are wanting to study in though. I live in the midwest where things are cheaper. If you are wanting to study near the coast, expect to pay more.
OMG we did perform in Stockholm!!! That’s so cool! Anyways, yes housing is going to be a bit difficult. Personally i would not want to just go and grab a roommate and split the cost because of your money issue. I would go to the Main office at the school and plea a case about how you are on your own and that you have no money and if there is anything available for an international student for housing. Usually there is, but it all depends on the college, usually when you apply it asks if you are international and need housing or not. So, what are you planning to study?
I’m thinking of studying arts, I don’t really know what colleges offer. I’m really into movies and I love acting so something that has got to do with that….
The reason I can’t study that here is that the schools that offer acting programmes and such enroll very few students and therefore the competition is hard… :S
Singing Rose, do you know of any programmes like this? I’d also like to become a film critic but I don’t know yet exactly what I’ll study.. :P
When I get to the point of looking for housing I’ll definitely talk to the main office at my future school… but if that doesn’t work out I’ll consider off campus housing + room mates… anything to reduce the costs… :)
Alot of foreign students live on campus the first year and then move off campus. Both of my roommates did this and many of my middle eastern friends did as well. Living on campus the first year (in addition to being required at many schools) will give you the chance to meet someone to move off campus with and time to look into places you would like to live off campus.
Well a lot of Community colleges that i know of have a program called “Acting for the Camera.” Most Schools have this. Some are very, very good, others on the other hand are really, really bad. The two schools i know that have good programs, so i’ve heard, are Pasadena City College and Citrus College. Personally i would choose Citrus College, only because PCC has too many students and Citrus focuses on you and your goals, unlike PCC which only wants your money. I spent some good time in both places so i know. Citrus would be the way to go. It’s also cheaper unit wise, we just pay $20 per unit, i think they pay like $26 or something. oh and also note that if you want to go to a University there are dorms available, but most people in the US don’t go to a university right out of High School because it’s too much money. Community Colleges like PCC and Citrus don’t have dorms. if you still want to be a film critic i would go into the “Acting for the Camera,” program only because you have to know what you are talking about. otherwise you will be considered a hypocrite and no one likes that i’m sure.
Your college administrators should have a talk with mine about how they keep the costs so low. Seriously! You pay $20 a credit hour!?!? I’ve never heard tuition that low before. Even the cheapest community colleges in Missouri are like $70 a credit hour.
The Citrus College program sounds great, I’ll look into it more when I can, but are credit hour the same thing as unit? If it’s really $20/unit then it’s really great, cause I can’t see myself affording tuition of up about $70/unit or more… not without taking loans and I’d rather work to get a budget..
Your college administrators should have a talk with mine about how they keep the costs so low. Seriously! You pay $20 a credit hour!?!? Iâ€™ve never heard tuition that low before. Even the cheapest community colleges in Missouri are like $70 a credit hour.
yeah it’s Citrus College Baby!!! I love it here. so cheap! but also realize i have to pay that much for each unit i have so if a class is 4 units i pay $80 for one class while others could be 3 or even 1. that’s why i love it.
The Citrus College program sounds great, Iâ€™ll look into it more when I can, but are credit hour the same thing as unit? If itâ€™s really $20/unit then itâ€™s really great, cause I canâ€™t see myself affording tuition of up about $70/unit or moreâ€¦ not without taking loans and Iâ€™d rather work to get a budget.
I really don’t know the difference between the credit hour and unit thing. but one of my major classes is about 4 units. it would be great to see someone from sweden!
I’ve looked at CC’s website now and everything looks really great, except for one thing. I may have misunderstood this but it does say that you pay $20/unit but it also says that an international student (that’s me) has to pay tuition for each unit in addition to the above fees… If this is the case it it’ll still be very expensive for me..
“California residents attend Citrus College tuition-free and pay enrollment and incidental fees only.
Nonresidents are required to pay the additional per unit nonresident tuition.
International Students are required to pay additional per unit international student tuition.
The enrollment fee is established by the legislature and is subject to change. The tuition amount to be assessed nonresidents and international students for the next academic year (beginning with the summer term) is established in January by the Board of Trustees.
Fall and Spring Semesters Winter and Summer Sessions
Enrollment Fee $20.00 per unit
$20.00 per unit waived/BOGW $20.00 per unit waived/BOGW
Campus Service Fee (Health Service Fee)
Student Health Center $17.00
$12.00 BOGW $14.00
Parking Fee $30.00
$20.00 BOGW $15.00
Student Service Fee $16.00, 7 or more units
$9.00, less than 7 units $9.00
International Student Tuition $210.00 per unit effective Summer Session 2008
(International students are required to pay tuition for each unit in addition to the above fees.)”
Did I understand this right? :S
That’s it! I’m moving to California! My parking fee was $130, grrr…
i want to get admission in sweden college/university.
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