College choice will determine education costs

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 Many factors affect how much you will pay for college, including the type of college you choose, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

As a general rule, public colleges are less expensive than private colleges.

        There are tradeoffs, however. 

Public colleges tend to be larger, sometimes much larger, than private colleges. 

That means class sizes are more likely to be larger, especially for introductory courses. In public colleges,  it is also more likely that a graduate student may teach an introductory course instead of a full-time professor. 

At private colleges, class sizes tend to be smaller and are more likely to be taught by full-time professors. In addition, private colleges may have more scholarship money available, which can help make up the difference in cost.

Another route is to start at a two-year community college to get the basic course requirements out of the way. You can then transfer to a four-year college to finish your bachelor’s degree.

Of course, you will need to work with both schools to make sure the transfer goes smoothly.

A community or technical college may be the right choice for you if you don’t plan to get a bachelor’s or higher degree.

        Those schools generally offer programs lasting from six months to two years that will prepare you for a job in your chosen field. 

You should talk with a counselor about whether the credits will transfer toward a four-year degree if you decide you need more education.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).

To find links to other useful education websites, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov.

        For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.