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Old 07-08-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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I'm currently going to school in California, and am looking for schools to transfer to in VA and...Holy Mackerel! It's super expensive in VA!

In CA, for a city college (just to take some extra classes,) it's $26 a unit.
In VA, it's $122 a unit, and that's if you're a resident!

Does anyone know why it's so expensive?? Even Cal State schools aren't much more than city colleges are in VA.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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Perhaps that's one reason our fiscal situation here isn't the mess it is in CA. If I were a CA taxpayer I might be asking why you're only paying $26/unit there when your state budget is in melt-down.

I'm guessing it's because our public employee unions haven't been able to muscle the state legislature into offering cheap tuition to keep the schools overloaded.

On the flip side I believe tuition at UVA is quite a bit less than Cal's now, even though it's almost as good a school [lights fuse, steps away].

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Old 07-08-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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Fair enough. I'll buy that.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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It all comes down to what the state subsidizes. For instance, tuition at a 4 year college in Virginia is generally a good bit cheaper than the rates at nearby Maryland universities. Maryland, apparently, subsidizes very little.

I guess California pays a lot into their university system.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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I guess California pays a lot into their university system.
Actually the $26 per unit mentioned above is now only $20. I stand corrected on the comparison of Cal and UVA. Cal is still a few hundred bucks a year cheaper than UVA. Quite a bargain.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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It all comes down to what the state subsidizes. For instance, tuition at a 4 year college in Virginia is generally a good bit cheaper than the rates at nearby Maryland universities. Maryland, apparently, subsidizes very little.

I guess California pays a lot into their university system.
I'm not sure that is true. Tuition at University of Maryland is about $8000 per year for a resident. University of Virginia is about $10,800 per year for a resident. When adding in room, board and other fees, UVA shows a rate of about $22,500 + travel, while UMD shows about $21,500. Unless there are other state schools in Maryland that are more expensive.

I was curious about what you wrote because I went to graduate school at Maryland, and remember it being fairly inexpensive - I was a Maryland resident at the time.

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Old 07-08-2010, 10:44 PM
 
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I can remember when grad school tuition at U of Md was $50 a credit hour if you were a state resident and 75 if you were not. At the time, we thought that was ridiculously expensive.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:06 AM
 
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I'm not sure that is true. Tuition at University of Maryland is about $8000 per year for a resident. University of Virginia is about $10,800 per year for a resident. When adding in room, board and other fees, UVA shows a rate of about $22,500 + travel, while UMD shows about $21,500. Unless there are other state schools in Maryland that are more expensive.

I was curious about what you wrote because I went to graduate school at Maryland, and remember it being fairly inexpensive - I was a Maryland resident at the time.

University of Maryland - Tuition

Tuition & Fees, Facts at a Glance, University of Virginia

My cousin's son went to UMBC--he total rate for the year ran about $19,800. He transferred into WVU in a program that got him in-state rates and the cost was about $16,500 (my daughter goes there too and that's what we pay with in-state rates). WVU was slightly cheaper than some of the VA schools such as VTech/Radford, etc. I have two coworkers whose kids are in Towson and they claim it is higher as they looked at the in-state rates for VA. Now, that's nto very official I know.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:32 AM
 
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I can remember when grad school tuition at U of Md was $50 a credit hour if you were a state resident and 75 if you were not. At the time, we thought that was ridiculously expensive.
Just to tell you how much it's changed in CA, I paid about $650 a year in tuition at Cal 30 years ago and now it's over $10,000. I'm thinking that increase exceeds the rate of inflation by quite a bit. It's still a good value but it was a phenomenally great value back then.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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Actually the $26 per unit mentioned above is now only $20. I stand corrected on the comparison of Cal and UVA. Cal is still a few hundred bucks a year cheaper than UVA. Quite a bargain.

Where is it $20 a unit?
I just registered for Fall not too long ago (5 weeks?) and it was $26 a unit. They just raised it last spring semester from $20, so I don't think they'd drop it again so quickly; unless you're talking about another part of CA than SoCal.
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