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Pricing Undergraduate

Pricing Undergraduate

What to consider when planning my budget to study my Undergraduate degree in the U.S.? 

We have broken it down to 3 main elements to consider when planning your budget. Easily click on any of the three to learn more.

University Cost of Attendance

This is the highest investment you will have to disburse. But what are you actually paying the University for?

The main element is Tuition. This is the primary source of income for any university and it allows them to invest in quality education centers, materials or labs as well as pay for the best professors. You will pay your cost of tuition at the beginning of each semester (August and January), and always before the beginning of classes.

Some factors can alter tuition costs:

    • Your degree of interest. Popular degrees will be offered by more universities across the country.  In general, the more options students have, the better deals we can find for them.
    • The reputation of the University your interested in. Typically, the higher the prestige or the ranking, the higher the tuition cost.
    • The location you want to study in. Regions like the Pacific West Coast or popular cities like New York or Boston are in high demand. This high demand makes prices go up.  The opposite is also true; less populated areas or in rural locations tend to have a much more affordable tuition price, making them attractive destinations for many students..

Besides tuition, you will also be charged for housing and food, or more commonly known as Room and Board. These costs tend to be much cheaper than the tuition cost and many Universities offer room and board on their own campus, making it simple and extremely comfortable for the student. In some cases the University does not have this option, so you will need to cover the expense of renting an apartment and buying your own meals. 

Although it may seem simple, you have many options to choose from. Some universities own properties nearby their campus and you can rent rooms from them, but off campus. Furthermore, you may elect to live alone (more expensive), or share a room with a colleague to help reduce the cost. You may even consider to rent an apartment off campus, although a car may be needed to attend classes. Finally, we find it useful to mention most universities expect/require you to live on campus at least the first year, sometimes two.

In terms of your meal choices, universities tend to have a large range of options, specific to everyone’s needs. You can purchase different ‘meal plan’ to adjust to your needs, whether it be 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) or a single meal a day as you are living off campus. Regardless, each price will vary depending on the amount of meals you would like to enjoy each week. Cafeterias in the U.S are typically ‘all you can eat’ although some do have a range of selected meals.

Last but not least, universities also charge extra fees that are used to fund specific campus programs, recreational facilities (e.g. gym, sports fields, technology fees, library fees, etc.).  The amount of these extra fees depends on the program of choice, the university size, etc. but typically range from $200 to $1,000.

4 Tips to reduce my Cost of Attendance

To sum up, you can find options that cover 100% of your cost (usually strong athletic and academic students) or even costs that can be as high as $40,000 per year. It depends on your specific requirements, needs and background to determine how Epro 360 can help you. To give you a better idea of what your profile looks like, we have created this calculating tool to help better understand your potential cost of attendance per year.

Having a strong academic background.

Academic scholarships are given by nearly every University to qualified students to help reduce the cost of tuition. These scholarships are granted mostly on the basis of academic performance of each student. Therefore, the stronger academic background, the more chances of receiving a scholarship as well as higher amount of money. If you would like to learn more about this, follow this link where we give a detailed account on this topic.

Having strong sports abilities.

If you are an outstanding athlete, you may qualify for both academic and athletic scholarships. This added financial help will not only reduce the final amount due to the university, but also grant you the possibility of practicing the sport you love during your university years. Click here to find out more about athletic scholarships.

Working on your University campus.

If you are willing, you are eligible according to US law to work up to 20 hours per week on campus. In some cases, you are allowed to work off campus too. This grants hard-working students the opportunity to lower expenses and earn pocket money that they can use to also travel during their stay at university.

Living off campus with shared apartments.

This is an option we recommend for second year students or after securing their stay at the university. Living off campus with friends is another great way to reduce the total amount per year you spend on housing and food. This will require knowing your surroundings well, planning your daily routine in advance and preparing your own meals. It is, however, a great way of reducing your expenses.

FAQS

Connected to University Cost of Attendance:

Does Epro 360 collect my payment to pay the university later?

No, Epro 360 will be supporting at all times during the process but Epro 360 does not collect any payment that needs to be made to the university.  When you get admitted, the university will provide you enough instruction on how and when to make your payment.

Do I need to show my future university that I have enough money to pay for the university costs?

Most universities in the U.S. have a “need-aware” admission policy, which means that your financials are taken into consideration at some point during your admission process. One of the requirements that most probably your chosen university will require from you before you can get admitted, is that you, or your sponsor, can prove that you have enough funds to pay for at least one year’s worth of university costs without considering any potential scholarships that you could receive.  We recommend you to read this blog article for further details.

When will I know how much Scholarship aid I am given?

When any student is admitted and issued his acceptance letter, you will be notified of the scholarship amount that has been granted to you. This is a great way to compare 2 universities and we have helped students do this in the past. Perhaps one is finally able to offer a much higher amount than what the Epro team considered, making this university a fantastic opportunity. But for this to happen, we need to apply first. For this reason, we recommend most of our student to select 2 institutions to apply to and choosing the ‘best’ of the two.

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Epro 360 Services Cost

Our team of experienced experts offer independent services that contribute to you saving money throughout the process. We offer 3 different packages which differ in the amount of coverage you will require. Below you can view our services and exactly what is included in each one of them.

The package price paid to Epro 360 is paid in different installments throughout the entire process.

1st Payment
  • Once the contract is signed and this triggers the creation of your ‘Listing of Universities’
2nd Payment
  • After you choose your preferred universities and before we start the application process.
3rd Payment
  • After you obtain the admission in any of your preferred universities and before we start the visa process.

FAQS

Connected to the Costs of Epro 360.

How many times do I have to pay Epro 360?

Unlike the university cost that you would need to pay every year that you attend the university, Epro 360 cost is only paid once regardless of the years that you study in the U.S.  Also, the payment is divided into different milestones throughout the process.

Could I do the process by myself and save money?

This is definitely an option, in fact, in some cases we have told specific students they can do it on their own, due to different factors. Generally speaking, however, our team of experts will not only save you money due to their knowledge of the Scholarship opportunities. They will also save you countless hours of investigation, research and learning regarding the entire process of attending an American university. Our team of experts, on average spend a total of 94 hours working on your behalf, imagine doing that on your own and with no previous knowledge! Our stamp of success in connection with admission (over 90% student acceptance), is another testament to the work we dedicate to each and every student. 

Another key factor are errors. If you were to do this process on your own you most likely will have to do several tasks more than since you are unfamiliar with the process. This is ok if the document can be reprinted, or filled out again. But if it is in connection with official documents, items sent to the University or Consulate, than you will have to pay for fees more than once. At Epro, these errors will not occur as we handle the entire process for you.

Finally, we understand as a student, time is very important to you. As we handle the bigger details connected to your application, you can dedicate more time to what matters: studying for your exams to get the best marks or even enjoying some free time with friends and family. This is an added benefit that Epro grants you indirectly, but should not be undervalued. Click here to calculate how much you could save (it terms of money and time) using Epro 360 vs doing the whole process yourself.

Additional Costs

Although these costs can greatly vary, you must plan to have additional costs while you study in the U.S. You will see that many of these are voluntary or dependent on life-style, however others can many times mandatory as shown below:

Health Insurance

It is highly advisable that you purchase private health insurance during your time in the U.S. In fact, many universities will make it mandatory and will ask you for proof of insurance. This will ensure that in case of any medical issue, you can go to the hospital and be properly treated without having to worry about having to pay astronomical amounts of money. We recommend you to review this page for further details.  The price really depends on how much coverage you need or want.  The higher the coverage, the higher the premium amount that you would need to pay the insurance company.

Personal expenses
  • As the name states, “personal expenses” really depends on each individual. This would cover items such as:

      • Transportation: Depending on the university you choose, you may consider to live off campus. This might require you to take public transportation to classes. Furthermore, you may even consider purchasing your own vehicle. These considerations vary from student to student, so you must prepare for them accordingly.

     

      • Cell phone services. You may consider purchasing a cell phone plan in order to call and text at any given time. The different plans and services vary from company as well as coverage, but the range of prices is usually from $20 up to $70.

     

      • Entertainment (e.g movies, concerts, eating out). Social life is an obvious part of the university experience and although you have plenty of options on your campus, it is common to head to town to enjoy your weekend. You must plan in advance for your social expenses as well.

     

Are all these expenses worth it?

We believe so and most of our team members are living proof that it is very much worth it. For those that have had the privilege of studying in the U.S., they are in their low 30’s or high 20’s, soon recovered all the money they invested and have the rest of their lives to enjoy the benefits of obtaining a degree in the U.S.

However, we understand that each person is different so we have built a free online tool called the “ROI” calculator, which allows you to calculate how much money you would make in your life thanks to obtaining a U.S. degree and how long it would take you to recover the money you invested in your education in the U.S. 

Also remember not to look at this from a comparative perspective.  You could think that spending $15,000 per year for example to study in the U.S. is expensive. 

However, how much is the alternative? Are you planning to study at home? If so, how much would that be? $5,000? $10,000? The difference between these two alternatives is your real cost (or benefit) of studying in the U.S. We also have another free online tool to help you compare your cost of studying in the U.S. vs studying at home or somewhere else.