• Beth & Tim Manners

The College Cost v. Quality Conundrum

Forbes: "It turns out the cost of a college does not predict higher alumni ratings about the quality of their education," according to a study published in The Journal of Consumer Affairs. "In fact, the opposite is true: total cost of attendance predicts lower ratings ... The good news is there are a lot of high quality, affordably priced higher education options out there. As a consumer, it may not be very easy to discern which colleges and universities represent this value – but students and parents will surely get wiser in figuring it out."


"Extensive research about the drivers of quality in higher education point to “how you do college” more so than “where you go” – and include critical experiences such as feeling the professors cared about you as a person, having a mentor who encouraged your goals and dreams, being able to apply what you’re learning to an internship or job and working on a long-term project. Students and parents should look for colleges and universities where relationship-rich and work-integrated education is a strong and highly visible part of the culture."


"This research does not suggest that every higher priced college suffers from lower alumni ratings. There are certainly examples of more expensive institutions that deliver a high quality experience with highly satisfied alumni. But they’re more of an exception than the norm ... No one needs to get worked up over trying to stretch their finances and plunge deeper into debt to reach for that pricier college just because we have always believed it is better."

16 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Tuition Hikes in Flux As Pandemic Continues

US News: "The steady drumbeat of annual tuition hikes slowed in 2020 as colleges responded to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating financial effects on American families. Looking ahead to 2021

Better Grades Can Mean Bigger Bucks

The New York Times: "Financial aid is no longer just about what you earn and what you have. It’s also about your children and what they do — and that means that good grades can be worth a whole lot of

Brag Sheet: What UC is What You Get

The Los Angeles Times: "Every college has its brag sheet. But the University of California has taken it to a whole new level with a 123-page report of exhaustive detail on jobs created, research perfo