This comes out of a recent report by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.
It’s the first time I’ve seen a pretty clear breakdown of how much students pay in tuition during a four-year Minnesota education, depending on what kind of campus they go to and when.
The chart indicates that the cost of earning college credit while in high school PSEO) and then going to a MnSCU university is 11 percent of the cost of going to a private institution for all four years. That considers tuition only, though, and doesn’t appear take into account things such as financial aid, transportation, room and board, etc.
Either way, the difference in cost between the cheapest and most expensive paths seems breathtaking.
I’m not sure whether “private college” includes for-profits, not-for-profits or both, but I’ve got a call in.
(Update: A MnSCU official has told me it indicates not-for-profit schools.)