Wednesday, December 9, 2009

State School vs. Private School

Post by David Held

Is there a real advantage sending your child to a private school over a state school? First of all state schools ultimately save a parent or a student a tremendous amount of money. When comparing Syracuse University to SUNY Binghamton, Syracuse costs an in-state resident of New York about $25,000 more a year. So a four year degree, with no financial aid or scholarships considered can save a family about $100,000!

When comparing state schools against private schools across the country, some of the best Universities/Colleges are state schools, to name a few: The University of Virginia, Michigan University, and UCLA. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking state school is you are not going to receive as good as an education as if you are in private school. This statement is false. An education depends solely upon professors and one’s ability to absorb materials. Professors in both state and private schools are pretty much the same because in the end they are teaching out of a textbook and their prior experiences. The better professors have previously worked in the field that they are teaching. Both state and private schools have these professors.

In the end it comes down to your preference and your finances.

Sources #1, #2, #3

1 comment:

  1. The fit for the student is the ultimate factor in choosing a school whether private or public. One thing missing from your blog is the fact that many private institutions offer Non-need based financial aid from endowments. I still get calls from the private college I attended 24 years ago to help replenish their endowments