Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Kid Is Going To College....

So Sunday morning I had a major eye opening experience. My friends shared that their high school senior was accepted to California Baptist University for the coming Fall.... WOW that's great I said - well, he (the son) has been telling everyone that he is going...but the tuition is about $40,000 a year and freshmen have to live on campus so that's an added expense..... So unless he can get some good scholarship and grant money - it might not happen... I had no idea that college tuition had jumped so high.... Another parent chimed in and said that even the state schools are around $20K a year....

What freaked me out was that my daughter is very interested in attending Cal Baptist and she will be starting high school next year - How did my baby go from preschool to high school? Tomorrow she will be getting her college acceptance letters... and I am soooo not ready!!! We have been savings since she was born which is good but $40,000 a freaking a year.... So I went on line to see what tuition really is today...

The main criteria in choosing an university is the academics and the location... My girls and my husband and I want them to have the whole "college experience" by going away to school - but hopefully close enough to come home when they want to...

UC Santa Barbara $24,842 - includes tuition and room and board (in state fees)

UC San Diego $25,515 - includes tuition and room and board ( in state fees)

San Diego State $18,994 includes tuition and room and board (in state fees)

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo $18,683 includes tuition and room and board (in state fees)

Although expensive - much better than I originally thought... So I have four (4) years to help my oldest get ready for college.... get ready to become an adult.... get ready to leave the nest... and I know when the time comes I will so not be ready to let her go....


  1. Yikes! I'm going to start saving now! I wonder what out-of-state costs are like!

  2. My daughter wants to go to Emory med. school. This year tuition is almost 55,000. I don't know what it will be in two years.

  3. My son will be 18 on the 14th. I still have no idea how that happened, lol!

  4. Yikes! I will have 5 to put through college! That is just crazy expensive. I'm sure it is only going to get higher and higher too. Boo hoo!

  5. What a bittersweet, and expensive, time!!

  6. I'm freaking out too! So expensive. Wish you the best of luck as you prepare for that big day :) It will be here before you know it.

  7. It is expensive but most colleges have payment plans so that you can pay monthly.. we just treated it like a car payment!!



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