Private colleges are often perceived as elite, top-dollar institutions that are more expensive than their public counterparts. However, the facts suggest otherwise. The average out-of-pocket tuition (the actual cost after financial aid) for Wisconsin private, nonprofit colleges and universities has been at or under $5,500 for ten years in a row. 96% of undergraduates at our private colleges receive financial aid. In fact, 88% of undergraduates attending our institutions receive grant and scholarship aid, compared to only 46% of undergrads at four-year public institutions in Wisconsin. Unlike student loans, grants and scholarships don’t need to be paid back, and 73% of aid given to students at our private colleges falls into those categories.
Students’ chances of graduating in four years are 60% higher at our private colleges than at four-year public institutions in Wisconsin. Not only do our students receive generous financial aid, they’re also more likely to graduate on time, which is cost-effective in its own right. Graduating on time means that students save on the cost of college and are ready to join the workforce and earn money sooner.
Our colleges take affordability seriously and want students and their parents to be able to afford the higher education path that best serves their needs. Are you ready to take the next step in exploring colleges? Schedule your visit today! When you schedule a college visit during Wisconsin Private College Week (July 8 – 13, 2019), you’ll get a checklist of things to do before, during, and after your college visit, as well as a list of questions to help in your financial planning.