There are four primary costs associated with getting an education:
- Tuition costs,
- Books and other fees,
- Room and board costs, and
- Personal expenses
Tuition Costs: Comparing Apples to Apples
The cost per credit is only the beginning. A simple comparison of tuition prices won't give you enough information to compare the true cost of attending different schools.
For example, some schools include books in the tuition, some have extra fees that add up quickly, and some schools go on a quarter-based system, so while the 'tuition cost per credit' may sound cheaper compared to a semester-credit system, you will need a higher number of credits to graduate (which may make a big difference!).
Room and Board and Personal Expenses
Every two years, Herzing University surveys its students to get an average room and board and personal expenses figure that is representative of what students are spending on a monthly basis to cover their basic living costs. This average goes into the financial aid cost of attendance calculation. These are not fees or charges that Herzing University assesses, but rather estimates of cost of living figures to be used when calculating financial aid eligibility. The figures are based on dependency status. If you have any questions about these figures and how they are used in calculating aid eligibility, please contact the Educational Funding Department at your individual campus or call our main Herzing University number.