Ever thought about attending a Canadian university?
A growing number of Americans are considering earning a college degree from up North. Actually, it’s not as far north as you might think because most Canadian universities are near the US border.
There are some hidden academic jewels in Canada, which explains why you might be interested in exploring their Northern options. You can find out more about Canadian universities in a college blog post that I wrote for CBSMoneyWatch this week:
Here are 4 of the reasons why you might want to consider Canadian schools:
1. Reasonable price.
The costs at Canadian universities will often be lower than at private colleges in the United States, as well as public universities for out-of state residents. Americans will pay roughly $25,000 to $30,000 a year. That price includes books, incidentals and coverage in Canadian health insurance.
“For your bang for your buck, Canadian schools are an amazingly good quality,” Whitney Laughlin, a college consultant in Santa Fe, NM, and British Columbia.
2. Exchange rate often favorable.
When paying Canadian college costs, the exchange rate is typically favorable to the U.S. dollar, although it is currently trading at par.
3. Great quality.
Canadian post-secondary education is uniformly strong and much more standardized than in the U.S. Canadian universities offer a world-class education in some gorgeous cities, but they are under the radar.
4. Canadian admission process can be forgiving.
Canadian schools can be great for late bloomers. Strange but true: some Canadian universities, such as the University of British Columbia, only looks at 11th and 12th grade report cards when examining transcripts. If you messed up in the first two years of high school, it’s not a deal breaker.
You can find more reasons to check out Canadian colleges on my CBSMoneyWatch college blog.