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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.