​Affordability Myths​​

What financial myths are keeping you from a private college education? 


A private college education is within reach financially, and at Findlay you get small classes, personal mentoring, the chance to lead and real-world learning opportunities that only Findlay can offer.


So, what are the financial myths keeping you from choosing The University of Findlay? 


Myth: Private colleges like The University of Findlay are a lot more expensive than state schools.

Reality: The average net price to attend Findlay is $21,500, compared to an average net price of $19,600 for the state schools and $23,200 for other private schools in the region. 


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At The University of Findlay, donors play an important part in affordability.  Since 2006, when UF launched the 125th Endowed Funds Drive, more than $7.5 million has been raised, mostly for scholarships. Bottom Line: 99% of students at UF receive financial aid. 


The cost of earning a degree at Findlay is different for everyone. Calculate the total cost of earning your degree at Findlay with our Total Degree Cost Calculator​.



Myth: Only wealthy families can afford to send their children to private colleges.

Reality: National studies have shown that students attending private colleges, on average, have a similar family income as those attending public colleges. The average household income for UF 2013-14 freshmen who filed a FASFA is $87,945. 


Myth: A degree is a degree. It doesn't matter if I get it from a state school or a private college.

Reality: When looking at where to go to college, take the time to compare the time it takes to graduate and the overall graduate rates, class size, student/faculty ratio and focus on experiential learning. The University of Findlay offers experiential learning in all programs and has a student to faculty ratio of 1:14. Undergraduate research is a big part of the educational experience at UF. Students work closely with faculty mentors to conduct research, present at conferences and submit articles for publication.


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The University's robust Office of Internships and Placement​ has career placement specialists working with students in each of the University's six colleges. Their goal is to work one-on-one with each student to help them get the internship experiences they need in their major to land their ideal job after graduation. Beginning with the freshmen year, the career specialists help students put together their resume, prepare for job interviews, establish a network of professionals and alumni and work to match the right student with the right internship opportunity.


Myth: Many students graduating from private colleges owe more than $100,000 in student loans.

Reality: In 2012, only 4 percent of all borrowers owed $100,000 or more in student debt. The average student loan indebtedness per graduate at The University of Findlay has decreased by 24 percent in the last three years, from $33,507 in 2012 to $25,584 in 2014.  

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Myth: Many graduates from private schools default on their student loans because they can't afford to pay them back.

Reality: The default rates for students graduating from private colleges is significantly less than students graduating from public schools. The 2-year default rate for graduates from all colleges and universities nationally is 10 percent, compared to Findlay's 2-year default rate of 2.8 percent.


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Have more questions about the value of a Findlay education? Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@findlay.edu​ or schedule a time to chat with a financial aid expert by clicking on the button below.


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State and national data was taken from IPEDS and the Council of Independent Colleges.