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    I also had an assistantship plus living stipend when I got my master's, and had more money in the bank when I finished than when I started.

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    I was lucky. I was in state in Arizona and since we were poor, I qualified for the maximum grants on Pell and also State Assistance and with tuition at NAU being $750 a semester my last semester, Fall 1990 - grants covered almost everything and I graduated with no debt whatsoever. Today this would not happen as tuition is much higher and grants won't cover everything. I was truly lucky that Arizona had such low tuition for a number of years - now it's much, much, much higher and I personally would be looking into a trade were I young. Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimmethesimplelife View Post
    I was lucky. I was in state in Arizona and since we were poor, I qualified for the maximum grants on Pell and also State Assistance and with tuition at NAU being $750 a semester my last semester, Fall 1990 - grants covered almost everything and I graduated with no debt whatsoever.
    Oppressive regime!
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    Earned my BA in 3 years despite having 3 kids and paid cash. First masters offered a assistantship but didn’t take it because college was a hour each way and would have had to go everyday versus 2days/week plus had a p.t. Job so we paid cash. 2nd masters got a full ride including a stipend of 300/month but it was 6 hours away so had to rent a apartment. Finished in 1 year. PhD paid cash.

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    My first college semester was $189 in 1979. My last was $952 in 1992 (I slowly worked toward a BS while I started with a vo-tech skill that paid for it all.

    Today's fee is $3847 per semester.

    DH and I worked min wage jobs to get me through the vo-tech year so I could increase my wage from $3.25 to $5.37 in 1981.

    There is NO WAY a kid these days could get out of school with no loans at these fees. I'm grateful we both did it without loans. DH finished 1y behind me in 1993.

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    My college is no longer in existence, unfortunately (I never should have listened to my mother). So I'll go with the school I went to freshman year. If I went to 4 years of that school today, it would be $150,000, which includes tuition, room & board, and books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    Oppressive regime!
    It sure is today for those seeking a college degree, I'll agree with that much. The pricing structure for a college degree though when I was young? That I will admit was not indicative of an oppressive regime. Talk to any recent graduate with a large debt load and shaky at best job prospects to get a non 85006 perspective on an Oppressive Regime.........could be very enlightening perhaps? Rob

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    Uncle Sugar paid for my degrees and all he asked in return was seven years of my life in short hair and shiny shoes. I don’t think that price has inflated much over the years.

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