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2017 Hawai‘i College Guide

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College Categories

As you plan for college you have many options. Listed below are the college categories that describe the different types of institutions available to you.




College Guide Private College

These Colleges and Universities: 

- receive funding primarily from student tuition and endowments. Some funding comes from the government in the form of tax breaks and student loans

- follow the leadership of a board of trustees

- develop their own institutional plans since they operate mostly on private support

- rely on private funds, which leads to a higher average cost

- offer financial aid opportunities to reduce the total cost



College Guide Public CollegeThese Colleges and Universities: 

- receive a large part of their funding from state or local taxes. Some funding comes from tuition and endowments

- follow performance standards set by the state

- are mostly state-run, which lowers the tuition for in-state students

- are typically categorized as two-year, four-year, research, comprehensive or community colleges




College Guide For-Profit CollegeThese Colleges and Universities: 

- receive up to 90 percent of their revenue from federal student aid

- operate under the demands of investors and stockholders

- usually offer a nontraditional format, 

- have come under federal scrutiny for high-pressure sales/recruitment tactics



A close examination of the academic, social and financial factors will lead you to a best-fit college.  

To read more on the differences in college categories, please visit nacacnet.org/ncfstudent


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