College Cost 101

Moving vans, U-Hauls, and cars with futons sticking out of the trunk: telltale signs that the school year is here. And for many parents and students, it’s time to stress about the high costs of higher ed. Here is a look at the various costs—from books to boarding—at some of our area’s schools.

 


Northwestern University

University of Chicago
Tuition$31,789Tuition$31,629

Room and Board
(includes meal plan)

$9,873Room and Board
(includes meal plan)
$10,104
Books and Supplies$1,419Books and Supplies$850
Student Activities Fee$145Student Activities Fee$177

Average Grant/
Scholarship amount

$20,074Average Grant/
Scholarship amount
$17,464

% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships

41%% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships
71%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$17,241/
48%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$17,650/
51%*

 


Lake Forest College

Loyola University Chicago
Tuition$27,344Tuition$23,836

Room and Board
(includes meal plan)

$6,526Room and Board
(includes meal plan)
$9,060
Books and Supplies$700Books and Supplies$800
Student Activities Fee$200Student Activities Fee$560

Average Grant/
Scholarship amount

$17,464Average Grant/
Scholarship amount
$12,014

% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships

71%% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships
75%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$16,741/
58%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$18,575/
53%

 


De Paul University

Columbia College Chicago
Tuition$20,900Tuition$16,298

Room and Board
(includes meal plan)

$8,700Room and Board
(includes meal plan)
$7,600
Books and Supplies$900Books and Supplies$1,300
Student Activities Fee$135Student Activities Fee$120

Average Grant/
Scholarship amount

$10,085Average Grant/
Scholarship amount
$2,010

% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships

52%% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships
18%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$17,359/
62%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$16,900/
65%

 


University of Illinois at Chicago

Governors State University
Tuition$7,796Tuition$4,068

Room and Board
(includes meal plan)

$7,160Room and Board
(includes meal plan)
None
Books and Supplies$900Books and Supplies$600
Student Activities Fee$576Student Activities Fee$66

Average Grant/
Scholarship amount

$7,180Average Grant/
Scholarship amount
$2,863

% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships

54%% of Students Receiving
Grants/Scholarships
29%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$17,000/
45%
Average Debt Upon Graduation/
% Borrowing
$14,298/
30%

All data from 2005-06 academic year (*University of Chicago debt/borrowing figures from 2004-05). Average indebtedness includes only undergraduates with debt. sources: U.S. News & World Report “Ultimate College Guide 2006”; Northwestern University; University of Chicago; Lake Forest College; Loyola University Chicago; DePaul University; Columbia College Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago; Governors State University. 

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