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Old 01-29-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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Just as example, since someone mentioned Cleveland.

Let's look at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

If you qualify for instate tuition after a year of residency, your cost will be $104.54 per credit hour. Each class is 3 credit hours, so each class will cost you $312. You'll need 60 credit hours to get your Associate's degree, so as a resident, you'll pay a little more than $6000.

As a non-resident who enrolls before establishing residency for tuition purposes, you'll pay an extra $144 per credit hour. So each credit hour will cost $248. Each 3 credit class will cost $744. So, your AA degree will cost $14888.

Now, as I said, based on what you've told us about your jobs/income and you will be eligible for some financial aid, possibly including some grants and scholarships (Free money), Federal work study (an on campus job that does not reduce your financial aid the next year), and student loans.

Financial aid is not just based on tuition, but also on the cost to live in the area, commute to school, and buy books and personal supplies for school.

So, what you want to do is get a comparison of the "out of pocket" costs of going to school and living in different places AFTER financial aid is included.


To get an estimate of what you may get in financial aid for Cuyahoga CC, go to Cuyahoga's website and enter information about your current income and assets on their Net Price Calculator to get an idea of what you might get in financial aid as a non-resident student. You can find the Calculator here:

https://portal2.tri-c.edu/npcalc/npcalc.htm

Then, pick a community college in your current state, and a few other states and run the numbers through THEIR Net Price Calculators (every college is required to have one -- search for the term Net Price Calculator on the college's website).

This will give you an idea of what your actual costs may be for living in and going to college in different places will be AFTER you include any financial aid that you may be eligible for.

Be sure to include a community college in New Jersey even though you don't want to stay there. You need to know what it will cost you in hard dollars to move to another state for college in order to compare apples to apples and really determine WHICH place will have the lowest "cost" to you.

Remember: even if you stay in NJ, your financial aid will include an allowance to help with living expenses, so you may be able to move to another part of NJ away from your personal problems and come out ahead.

This assumes, of course, that you are serious about wanting to relocate with a firm goal of going to college to get your degree.

It also assumes that you are a U.S. citizen. If you aren't, you won't be eligible for Federal financial aid in most cases.

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Old 01-29-2017, 07:46 PM
 
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Tuscon, Idaho Falls, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Philly(cheap livin' in N. Philly) and Wichita Falls, Kansas.
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:39 AM
 
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Are you sure you understand? You would not have a 1-year residency by the fall. And many schools make you pay NON-resident tuition all the way through if you start college that way!
It's not terribly difficult to move and sit out a year to establish residency. It happens everywhere...
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:40 AM
 
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Tuscon, Idaho Falls, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Philly(cheap livin' in N. Philly) and Wichita Falls, Kansas.
LOL, assuming he survives.
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Cincinnati is super cheap you can get a nice apartment or condo in the city for 800-1000 a month if you have a roommate that is only 400-500 a month you could do that on min wage even.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:10 PM
 
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Tuscon, Idaho Falls, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Philly(cheap livin' in N. Philly) and Wichita Falls, Kansas.
Do you mean Wichita Falls,Texas or Wichita,Kansas?
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