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tuition and fees?

isimarie620isimarie620 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in Barnard College
How much does it cost to attend Barnard each year (not including any financial aid or whatever)?

I've seen their site and CollegeBoard but I'm still not sure exactly how much I would need to pay if I attended and majored in Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures (focus on the ME), with a possible joint major in Human Rights.

If it matters, I'm from PA, so I'm OOS.


Edit: and how good is the financial aid given? Thanks
Post edited by isimarie620 on

Replies to: tuition and fees?

  • ih3artthouih3artthou Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    54,000 / year with no financial aid, regardless of major.
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,006 Senior Member
    Tuition tends to go up every year.

    2010-2011 tuition and fees, $40,546; room and board, $12,950.

    You will find a more detailed break down of current fees (2010-2011) here:
    Barnard College Bursar Tuition 2010-11

    If you are hoping to apply and attend in 2011-2012, the costs are likely to continue to go up.

    Here are
  • isimarie620isimarie620 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member

    How good is the financial aid/merit aid offered?
    (Anybody know the stats for full rides?)

    Is it more for double majors?
  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom Registered User Posts: 4,059 Senior Member
    Your financial aid has nothing to do with your major. It's totally based upon what Barnard decides your family can reasonably "afford" to pay. They use their own form that you fill out every year, plus the FAFSA and one other (it's thankfully been a couple years since I had to fill that stuff out, and I have blocked mentally on the abbreviation for that third thing). Such things as income, other children in school and other assets your parents may have are considered. Then Barnard arrives at a figure that you and your parents should be able to pay per year for your education, and then they will meet the balance of the costs by either grants, loans or work study.

    Your getting a "full ride" would be pretty rare, and would depend on your parents' income level. Banrard always expects students to contribute some to their education by working during the summers and such.

    All that being said, we found our daughter's education at Barnard to be more affordable than paying out of state tuition and fees for University of Michigan, for example. Barnard's financial aid was much better.
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,006 Senior Member
    Barnard does not offer ANY merit aid.

    Aid is need-based only. Their policy is to provide meet 100% of need, as they determine it, based on information from the CSS Profile as well as the FAFSA. Barnard generally expects students to take the full amount available in subsidized Stafford loans -- but no more -- and also includes work-study of roughly about $2000 per year.

    So the first question is -- do you qualify for need based aid?
  • churchmusicmomchurchmusicmom Registered User Posts: 4,059 Senior Member
    CSS profile!!! THAT is the one that I blocked out of my memory.

    Thanks for chiming in there, Calmom. I knew you would come to the rescue!
  • isimarie620isimarie620 Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    haha sorry, I actually meant is tuition more for double majors, not FA...I probably should have specified :)

    Well, I'm not sure how much my parents are making per year...my mom just got two jobs this year (she used to just be a homemaker), but they are only about 22 hours a week (both jobs combined). My dad works fulltime (retirement bored him) at Walmart (of all places lol). So we're not exactly rolling in dough. I don't know exactly if their ages make a difference, or what else...and I don't know where to find a reliable site to make up an online CSS profile, or whatever I need to see what my FA numbers would be...

    I'm really new at this. Any help at all is appreciated :)
  • calmomcalmom Registered User Posts: 20,006 Senior Member
    You can start by entering financial data at FinAid | Calculators | Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Financial Aid

    Choose "federal methodology" to get a sense of what FAFSA EFC is; choose "institutional methodology" to get a sense of what your family might be expected to contribute with the CSS issues factored in. Be sure when you are filling out the form to pay close attention to the line that asks whether your parents can file a 1040A or 1040EZ rather than the long form -- that is important for technical reasons. The more accurate you are with the form, the more accurate the results.

    If your parents own your home, you can use this form - FinAid | Calculators | Federal Housing Index Calculator -- to calculate your home value for purposes of determining home equity -- that is the formula that Barnard relies on.

    Whatever you do, if you expect any financial aid, do not apply ED. Go RD, and apply to a range of colleges, keeping costs in mind. In general, Barnard is likely to give you better need-based aid than most other private schools, but not nearly as good as the Ivy League, including Columbia. So its certainly worth applying to Barnard -- but if money is a factor, then you want to keep your options open, and looking to colleges that are likely to give you merit award may be the way to go -- although unless your parents have a lot of money saved up, it sounds like their income would be in the range where Barnard would give you a good sized grant every year.
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