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Attending college or university costs more than just tuition. The term “total cost of attendance” captures the all-in price for one year of studies. In addition to tuition, typical expenses include room and board, books and supplies, miscellaneous fees, health items, clothes, entertainment, and travel.

Students' overall expenditures vary widely. Influencing factors include the type of educational institution (public vs. private), the length of the program (certificate vs. associate's vs. bachelor's), and the student's residency (in-state vs. out-of-state).

If you prefer a more personal learning experience, attending a private university could be the best option. In contrast to public universities, private colleges have smaller student populations and smaller class sizes. Private school students thus often receive more individualized instructor attention. They also frequently garner their first-choice classes. Attending required classes on an accelerated timeframe increases the likelihood of graduating on time (or even early).

Statistics continue to show that more and more employers prefer hiring nurses with bachelor's or master's nursing degrees. Recently, out of six employment ads by Med Pro Staffing and eight job ads by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, every single one called for a bachelor's degree. In addition, salary data reveals that nurses with advanced degrees make at least 70% more than nurses without advanced degrees.

Earning a qualification in the nursing profession can be the first step towards a lifelong career. Not only will you work in one of the most rewarding professions in the world, your breadth of career options will be almost limitless. The nursing profession is growing rapidly as employers hire qualified staff, both in the state of Colorado and across the country. Nursing also opens the door to international employment, since a US nursing qualification is recognized in many other countries.

A public school, college, or university is a state-funded institution with appointed trustees who oversee the allocation of funds throughout the school. A public institution typically costs less to attend than a privately funded college or university. This can significantly lower the amount of debt you owe at the end of your education -- and the less you owe, the less time it will take you to pay off your student debt when you enter fulltime employment.