Why the Huge Price Tag?
Tip: Calculate The Cost Per Class
I remember before I went off to college, my father told me that every time I skipped class, I was wasting money. I once calculated it out - in 2004, we were paying around $35,000 a year for me to attend Notre Dame. I divided tuition by my five courses, then by the number of times each class met per semester.
I remember figuring that each class was roughly $30. Believe me - there were plenty of mornings I didn't feel like going to Calculus at 8:00 am. But I couldn't justify an extra hour or two of sleep when I knew how much money I would be wasting.
Your Professors and Teaching Assistants
Good instructors are the ones who are accessible and available to help you, answer a question, and point you in the right direction when you are struggling.
However, there are some not-so-great (even truly terrible) college-level instructors who find teaching burdensome and their students annoyances.
Tip: Good or Bad - Your Instructors Are Paid to Help You - So Make Them!
Never hesitate to ask an instructor for help, a tutoring referral, or a letter of recommendation. And if they ignore your email, go in during their office hours. You can be respectful of their time and busy schedule, but ultimately, you pay to go to school there, and they are paid to help you get through your classes.
School Facilities, Activities, and Services
Tip: Use the Services Available to You
If you're struggling in your Physics class, go to the Tutoring Center! If your computer crashes, don't email your professor 2 hours before the paper is due and ask for an extension - it's not a valid excuse since there are always computers available for students on campus.
Finally, if you are dealing with an illness or need someone to talk with, schedule an appointment through Health Services to see a doctor or counselor. That's what they are there for.
Tip: Nothing's Free
You can blow those extra dollars on pizza if you want, but consider saving it for buying things like toothpaste in your school's convenience mart.
The Degree Name
Tip: If you are planning on going into a highly competitive field or applying to graduate or a professional school, sometimes it is worth paying more for a degree name.
It may not be fair, but 9 times out of 10, the candidate from Prestigious University will win over the candidate from Never Heard of It College.