Choosing what college to go to after high school is a big deal…tuition, living arrangements, in-state or out-of-state are all important decisions to make.
Well, one Southeast Idaho college may be making that decision a lot easier for residents around the area and the nation.
I'm here at Brigham Young University-Idaho where U.S. News and World Report ranked this university the 2nd cheapest private college in the nation.
A list of the 10 least-expensive private colleges came out and listed Brigham Young University-Idaho as the second least expensive college following Berea College in Kentucky.
Attending one of the least expensive universities in the nation has its advantages.
"I actually have been able to go year round because of the fact that it is a little bit more inexpensive than other universities” said student Jessica McIntyre.
"I'm able to pay for tuition with just a part-time job” said Cameron Preslar.
"That's what brought me here, I kind of looked at some of the other schools in-state, and it was so much more expensive and I didn't really feel that the quality of education in-state, back in Washington, was better than what I get here in Idaho for much less money” said David Martinson.
"I have grants and stuff that pay for pretty much all of my tuition” said Jared Chase.
"Our tuition rate is low because we are a church-supported school” said the university’s Budget Officer Larry Rigby, “ that support from the church, the LDS church, has been steady"
Some may question the quality of the professors at BYU-Idaho for being such an inexpensive school.
"I think some might equate a low tuition rate with maybe low quality and I certainly don't think that's the case at all, all you have to do is ask the students” continued Rigby.
"I think we really do have some excellent professors here on campus, it might seem that we wouldn't because we're the second least expensive college in the nation” continued McIntyre.
"I don’t think it affects the quality at all, I mean; I have perfect professors right now” said student A.J. Buruca
"This is almost an Ivy-League school, in aspect to the quality of its teachers” continued Chase.
So when considering what college to attend, you may want to hear more than just a good price.
"I mean, the professors take their time, they are willing to help you by e-mail, by phone, sometimes they even give you their house phone number” continued Buruca.
"We have a real family atmosphere, really low class size, and this is a great part of the country to be in” said Martinson
Something interesting about the list put out of the cheapest colleges in the nation is that it seems like the more snow there is in a city, the cheaper it is to go to school there.
I guess if you like to ski you've got some great options for colleges.
Also, BYU-Idaho told us today their tuition price will go up 2.8% which is about $50 more than what it is right now, this will begin in the fall of 2012.