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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Stainless View Post
    Spending 500k for a upper level private education isn't that big of an expense over a 85 year life span.

    16 bucks a day.
    Yeah, but you know that up and us are the only developed countries where college is not free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I've seen black diamonds! View Post
    Diplomas from 4 year schools with recognizable names will be worth even more than they are now because there will be even more competition to get in and fewer people who can afford tuition. Status isn't going away. But enrollment in non-brand-name schools will plummet. Transfers from community colleges to very good schools will go up.

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    screw that, judging form the people in the news that went to "recognizable" schools I'd rather hire no name grads any day of the week
    that being said if money right out of the gate is the goal as mentioned above get 'em in a trade school and they'll be golden

    oh, and to the people claiming that tuition in in PQ is cheap, yes it is, thatnks to the rest of Canada paying for it...transfer payments for the win
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    From what I hear, your best plan is to put everything into retirement accounts and show as little assets as possible on the FAFSA, then pray for financial aid.
    From our experience, we fall squarely in the middle class hole. We make too much to get any money and not enough to actually afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obstruction View Post
    Cheaper if you are Canadian but the international student vigorish still makes it lower than the local U in most states. I'm a US citizen and I spent 4 lovely years in Montreal in the 70's and my son went to Dalhousie in Halifax from 07 - 11. International student Tuition in both cases was lower than In-state rates for UMass.
    My kids are dual citizens. The oldest just finished her first year at UNB Fredericton. I spent about $15K USD give or take on everything including spending money and travel. She got a $1500 CAD scholarship from the school for her HS grades and a $1000 USD one from a local org. Minutes after she accepted at UNB, Dal offered her $4500 CAD. However, she didn't really like Dal, they don't have her exact program with the specialty she wants, and she applied there only because I said she had to apply to more than one school. She really, really, really likes UNB. I mean it looks nice and all, however I will never understand her level of attachment for it. It's just a school. Hopefully she gets a good academic scholarship this year from UNB as she has a 4.3 GPA. It is cruel that they don't announce that until mid July. And she won some writing contest, but can't seem to tell me how much $$$. Of course I have a kid going into 11th and a kid going into 8th. I am screwed.

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    the costs i'm hearing are usually under 20K a year for a Canadian Uni, almost nobody goes to an American school unless they got a sport scholarship or its for something unusual not offered in Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    My kids are dual citizens. The oldest just finished her first year at UNB Fredericton. I spent about $15K USD give or take on everything including spending money and travel. She got a $1500 CAD scholarship from the school for her HS grades and a $1000 USD one from a local org. Minutes after she accepted at UNB, Dal offered her $4500 CAD. However, she didn't really like Dal, they don't have her exact program with the specialty she wants, and she applied there only because I said she had to apply to more than one school. She really, really, really likes UNB. I mean it looks nice and all, however I will never understand her level of attachment for it. It's just a school. Hopefully she gets a good academic scholarship this year from UNB as she has a 4.3 GPA. It is cruel that they don't announce that until mid July. And she won some writing contest, but can't seem to tell me how much $$$. Of course I have a kid going into 11th and a kid going into 8th. I am screwed.
    Nice, Sounds like UNB is a good fit for her and $15k is sweet deal. Mine ran about $22k per year (CAD & USD were at about par or near enough for the years he was at Dal.).
    Damn, we're in a tight spot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Stainless View Post
    Spending 500k for a upper level private education isn't that big of an expense over a 85 year life span.

    16 bucks a day.
    More than two hours of work a day at federal minimum wage...

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    Both of my daughters got varying levels of academic scholarships from schools they applied to. Daughter 1 stayed in state and daughter 2 is headed to DU in the fall. We have a middle class income and arenít paying anywhere near $300-400k. If your kid applies to schools they are academically qualified for, they will likely get offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtngirl79 View Post
    More than two hours of work a day at federal minimum wage...
    Theoretically the grad won't be working for minimum wage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Theoretically the grad won't be working for minimum wage.
    Unless they graduated from fucla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the costs i'm hearing are usually under 20K a year for a Canadian Uni, almost nobody goes to an American school unless they got a sport scholarship or its for something unusual not offered in Canada
    It is running right around $20K CAD per year right now for the full deal for Can citizens. Add another $10K for international students/non Can cit. Too bad she's not a NB resident. They get a huge chunk of change if they go to Uni in NB.

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    up narth here the kids either fight wildfires or pound trees into the ground for a couple months and play warcraft in their moms basement til september which easily gives them the 15-20K to do a year of uni ... until the next spring

    makes em pretty tough but they are constantly at great risk of getting into either the tree planter or wildfire lifestyle, make big money & go skiing ... forget the school
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    up narth here the kids either fight wildfires or pound trees into the ground for a couple months and play warcraft in their moms basement til september which easily gives them the 15-20K to do a year of uni ... until the next spring

    makes em pretty tough but they are constantly at great risk of getting into either the tree planter or wildfire lifestyle, make big money & go skiing ... forget the school
    My daughter is not the wildfire type. And her summer gig won't clear that kind of coin. However, I am just happy she found something to do and isn't sitting around on her phone all day. Whatever she makes will help.

    So when she was looking for jobs, she ran across two things that were frustrating. To work in a provincial park she had to be a resident of the province??? And all of the Parks Canada jobs in the east that she was interested in required her to be bi-lingual. She's not. She's trying, however it's not one of her priorities. So she's working in a Vermont State Park. Not exactly sure why the fascination with parks. I guess it is because they are seasonal.

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    yeah thats a federal gov kind of thing the requirement to speak french, makes sense back east but it will get you in the door even in BC where there is not a lot of french spoken they probably fill out the same form
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    yeah thats a federal gov kind of thing the requirement to speak french, makes sense back east but it will get you in the door even in BC where there is not a lot of french spoken they probably fill out the same form
    My wife's cousin got a job at Banff park gates because she checked off bi-lingual on the box. No one checked her actual speaking ability. She said it was easier to hand out french pamphlets than talk anyways.
    Also she would have been better off speaking German or Korean than french.
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    2 years of local community college and transfer to state school makes the most sense economically, especially if you have a prestigious state school. Of course you lose the precious experience of waking up at 11AM on the floor covered in vomit and surrounded by 40 of your closest friends, naked, all of it posted on FB.

    For people with certain goals--foreign service, wall street law, high tech engineering--the big name schools make sense. For people who need a lot of personal attention, nurturing, and support, small schools make sense.

    The valedictorian in my son's HS class--top of her class academically, star of the golf team, great personality--went to Harvard, dropped out after a year to live in a women's collective and do basically nothing.

    I went to a pricey small liberal arts college and I can't say my education was any better than the cc to state school plan--maybe if I had been really into school and wanted an academic career in a non STEM field it would have been. I did get to hang out for 4 years with people like me--smart with no social skills-- but then I still had to figure out how to get along in the real world where most people are the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Of course you lose the precious experience of waking up at 11AM on the floor covered in vomit and surrounded by 40 of your closest friends, naked, all of it posted on Snapchat/Instagram...
    FIFY Old Goat. Nobody under 25 uses Facebook other than to stay in touch with their parents.

    That said, there is still something to be said for the "traditional" college model IMHO. Maybe I'm just being nostalgic. I'll check back in 2 years when my daughter is a Junior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    2 years of local community college and transfer to state school makes the most sense economically, especially if you have a prestigious state school. Of course you lose the precious experience of waking up at 11AM on the floor covered in vomit and surrounded by 40 of your closest friends, naked, all of it posted on FB.

    For people with certain goals--foreign service, wall street law, high tech engineering--the big name schools make sense. For people who need a lot of personal attention, nurturing, and support, small schools make sense.

    The valedictorian in my son's HS class--top of her class academically, star of the golf team, great personality--went to Harvard, dropped out after a year to live in a women's collective and do basically nothing.

    I went to a pricey small liberal arts college and I can't say my education was any better than the cc to state school plan--maybe if I had been really into school and wanted an academic career in a non STEM field it would have been. I did get to hang out for 4 years with people like me--smart with no social skills-- but then I still had to figure out how to get along in the real world where most people are the opposite.
    Agreed, except I should point out that the foreign service is still exam-based.

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    I coach at a community college. You can get guaranteed entry into cal berk and all credits transfer as cal credit.

    Itís actually easier for a two year transfer to get into a top private school because they have proven their commitment.

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