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the bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems would have cost $53,400 at the for-profit college, and $51,544 at the closest public college. The same bachelor’s degree would have cost $144,720 at the closest private nonprofit college. For one bachelor’s degree, there was no private nonprofit college offering the degree within a 250 mile radius. Three of the four private nonprofit colleges were more expensive than their for-profit counterparts.

Table 3: Program Total Tuition Rates

Degree Certificate – Computer-aided drafting Certificate – Massage Therapy Certificate – Cosmetology Certificate – Medical Assistant Certificate – Web Page Design Associate’s – Paralegal Associate’s – Radiation Therapy Associate’s – Criminal Justice Associate’s – Business Administration Associate’s – Respiratory Therapist Bachelor’s – Management Information Systems Bachelor’s – Elementary Education Bachelor’s – Psychology Bachelor’s – Business Administration Bachelor’s – Construction Management

Location CA CA DC IL PA AZ FL FL TX TX DC AZ IL PA TX

For-Profit College Tuition

Public College Tuition

$13,945 $14,487 $11,500 $11,995 $21,250 $30,048 $38,690 $26,936 $32,665 $38,995 $53,400 $46,200 $61,200 $49,200 $65,338

$520 $520 $9,375 $3,990 $2,037 $4,544 $5,621 $4,448 $2,870 $2,952 $51,544 $31,176 $36,536 $49,292 $25,288

Private Nonprofit College Tuition

College would not disclose No college within 250 miles No college within 250 miles $9,307 $4,750 No college within 250 miles No college within 250 miles $27,600 $28,830 No college within 250 miles $144,720 $28,160 $66,960 $124,696 No college within 250 miles

Source: Information obtained from for-profit colleges admissions employees and nonprofit college web sites or employees.

Note: These costs do not include books or supplies, unless the college gave the undercover applicant a flat rate to attend the for-profit college, which was inclusive of books, in which case we were not able to separate the cost of books and supplies.

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my statement. I would be pleased to answer any questions that you or other members of the committee may have at this time.

Contacts and Acknowledgments

For additional information about this testimony, please contact Gregory D. Kutz at (202) 512-6722 or kutzg@gao.gov. Contact points for our Offices of Congressional Relations and Public Affairs may be found on the last page of this statement.

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