The College Confidential discussion forum is heating up with threads about the search for candidate colleges. Which are the best matches? Which are the most competitive? Which have the most diverse students? And so on. However, perhaps the biggest search question relates to cost. Which are the best schools for my needs that I can afford? When it comes to affordability, the battle migrates to tuition at public vs. private and in-state vs. out-of-state public schools. It can be very confusing.
A private school can sometimes be less costly to attend than a public school if that private school has a “meet 100 percent of your need" policy and your need is significant. Of course, you have to be competitive enough to get into these great private schools, but the rewards can be worth the effort to compete.