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Think You Can't Afford a Private College?

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Think you can't get (enough) financial aid at CSB/SJU? Think again!
Think your family income won't fit in at CSB/SJU? Think again!

It's probably the most commonly stated myth in higher education: a private college is not affordable. We hear it way too often. Even though families recognize the value of the high quality education we offer, countless students tell us they didn't consider CSB/SJU because of the price. If this is what you and your family are thinking we urge you to THINK AGAIN:

  • 95% of CSB/SJU students receive scholarship or grant assistance to help pay for college.
  • 90% of CSB/SJU graduates finish in four years.
  • 97% of CSB/SJU alums rate their college experience as good or excellent.
  • Consider the longterm value of a college, which relates total cost to measurements like quality of education and career readiness-all metrics that impact your bottomline throughout life. See what college guides have to say about the value of a CSB/SJU education.

Remember, the initial "sticker price" of a college is only one factor in determining your actual cost. Financial aid based on your family's income and financial circumstances (need-based aid) and merit scholarships based on your academic achievements and talents, can significantly reduce the cost of college. Need-based aid is determined by a federal formula that evaluates your family's financial situation and determines an "Expected Family Contribution" or EFC. Curious about your family's EFC?

Compare Four-year Graduation Rates

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A college's "four-year graduation rate" is the percent of first-year students that graduates four years later - and that rate accounts for students who transfer out or drop out of the college. At CSB/SJU, that rate is 73 percent. However, "students who graduate in four years" is a different number; it is the percent of graduates that completed a degree in four years (not counting students who leave the college prior to graduation). At CSB/SJU, that graduation rate is 90 percent.