isuxatphysics wrote:I am looking to graduate in 3 years in order to save money.
WhoaNonstop wrote:isuxatphysics wrote:I am looking to graduate in 3 years in order to save money.
Although I have not looked into expenses for courses at Berkeley, I'm assuming that they run a system similar to most of the other schools I have attended in the United States.
Expenses are usually based on credits, not time spent in school. Therefore, taking 125 credit hours in 3 years should have the same cost as taking 125 credit hours in 4 years. Sometimes credits have a higher cost when taking less than 12 hours a semester (which wouldn't be a problem in your case). There are other costs associated with school, such as room & board, but these are things you'd have to pay for regardless if you were in school or not.
If you're interested in saving money, I wouldn't suggest cutting down to three years, especially in a Physics program. You really won't be saving that much money and will only be gaining three stressful years. If you weren't an international student, I would suggest becoming a resident of California and paying in state for 3 of the 4 years (as this is what I was going to do at one time).
I'm not saying this isn't possible, but I wouldn't suggest doing it myself.
midwestphysics wrote:Still, Like Riley said, you'll still be incurring costs just living somewhere and doing research, so there are advantages and disadvantages
grae313 wrote:Berkeley's tuition does not appear to be credit-based: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/feesched.html ($18,000 per year for non-residents is no chump change).
It also wasn't at my school, a CA state university but not a UC.
WhoaNonstop wrote:This may be something that is associated with the quarter system, as the schools I have attended (Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Florida) are all credit hour based. I'm not sure how The College of William & Mary does it.
bfollinprm wrote:WhoaNonstop wrote:This may be something that is associated with the quarter system, as the schools I have attended (Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Florida) are all credit hour based. I'm not sure how The College of William & Mary does it.
Just FYI, but at W&M, at least for undergrads, they charge a flat semester tuition with a minimum of 3 classes (or equivalent) per semester and a maximum of 5.25, without special permission from the dean. Less than 3 classes leads to part-time status and reverts to per-credit hour, which (a) isnt as good a deal and (b) doesnt include niceties like the ability to live on campus or carry student insurance.
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