When I went to college the first time, for a law clerk course I ended up not making it through, for the 2 years the program was supposed to take, it would have cost me about $5000 on the outside, not counting residence fees–I’d chosen to stay in Ottawa for that one. For the course I was looking at taking, which started about 9 days ago now, it would have cost me just about as much for the 3 semesters that one would have lasted–that nevermind all the extra fees Algonquin College wants to tack on, like their $60 per semester for the privelege to access the college network–which is almost mandatory given how much of their crap is handled primarily over the offending internal network. fortunately if I’d gotten in this time, I wouldn’t have been the one paying for it, but still. Ow doesn’t even begin to describe it.
On the bright side, if I do have to go back to college for any reason, I know to do it in Nova Scotia. Their tuition’s apparently decided to buck the trend and go in the other direction. Although even if it hadn’t it’s probably still cheaper out there than it is in Ontario. My wallet’s in tears just at the thought of it–and I don’t even have to be concerned about it at the moment. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. College education scares me.