Texas is the priciest state in the Southwest for 2007-2008 college students, due to costs being based on wighted student enrollments.
The Texas average surpasses that of all 12 Western states, with students at four-year private schools paying $20,848 on average, prices that are proving to be far too expensive.
"The college expenses are just ridiculous these days. The prices don't even fall in the normal supply-demand grid and can be very unreasonable," CCC director Terra Miller said.
Many student are deciding to leave the state to go to college.
"I found a lot of cheap out-of-state colleges that were far better than those in Texas, and decided to go there instead," College freshman Saira Zaidi said.
Certain out-of-state colleges have been proven to be far more cheaper than those within the state.
"Many people don't know that you can go to an in-state college in New York for less money than U.T. Austin," CCC director Terra Miller said.
Community colleges have also proven to be less expensive, with the average tuition and fees remaining a bargain $1,695. As a result, many students are preferring community colleges next to private ones.
"I eventually decided to go to the ACC intead of a public school. It was local, convenient, and way cheaper," College freshman Zac Thomas said.
Many student have also decided to study out of the country, due to the expensive college prices.
"I'm planning to go to India for my college. The price for Ivy League colleges here is just ridiculous, it really rips you off," High School Senior Shalini Abdullah said.
Including room and board costs for students living on campus, charges for public four-year colleges in Texas were $13,589. Due to this, many students decided to stay at home rather than live on campus.
"I go to Texas State right now, but decided not to live on campus. I go home everyday now; it's way better, and best of all, free," College Sophemore Patty Brown said.
Although college expenses may seem expensive to students, there are many solutions.
"The scholarships available to students are just uncountable and infinate. There are so many of them available : on the internet, through schools, contests, etc. The AISD is constantly being updated with new scholarship opportunities. There are all types of scholarships awarded to you by certain factors: GPA, sports, volunteer work, etc. Some students also recieve full ride tuition," CCC director Terra Miller said.
For those students who go to Akins, there is also the College and Career Center (CCC) to recieve help from.
"There are so many things going on here at the college and career center. We have computer labs to help students research and fill out applications for colleges. We have many college representatives giving presentations on colleges, sessions for parents, college workshops, and much more," CCC director Terra Miller said.
In the end, college has proven to be worthwile for students.
"I was also really freaked when it came to college expenses, but you learn to deal with it. There are so many financial aid sources out there and so many people to help you. When I walked the stage on graduation, I had never felt so proud before in my life with all those years of hard work finally paying off. It's all worth it," College freshman Faraaz Husain said.
The CCC also has a college search help website which is http://connection.naviance.com/charlesakins using the student ID in both the email and password section.