Hi! As I am developing my college list, I have been looking at the tuition and average COAs at the schools on my list and have some questions. I have all California schools on my list, except for my 1 in-state safety (ASU).
On my list, there are 6 privates (Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Stanford, USC, USD, LMU) and 5 publics-- 3 UCs (UCLA, UCSB, UCD) and 2 Cal States (Cal Poly SLO and SDSU). I know that tuition at Cal States is significantly lower than at the UCs, and that tuition at the publics is less than at the privates.
However, are the average merit scholarships awarded by private universities enough to make the privates cost less overall than the publics? I know that publics don’t give scholarships to OOS applicants, but it still seems like they would be less expensive than the privates on my list unless I received significant merit scholarships.
Does anyone have any information on this?