Financing College

We look forward to partnering with you in this very exciting process with your children. Although most of our efforts will be concentrating with the Juniors and Seniors, it is important for you to know that the College Counseling Office is open to all students and families at Bentley.

Thank you,
Bentley College Counseling

The Cost of College

The cost of college isn't one lump sum. It can be broken down into different categories. Some costs you cannot control. Some you can--and they make a huge difference.

Direct Costs
Direct costs include tuition, room and board in college housing, and any special fees.

Indirect Costs
Indirect costs include items such as books, computers and computer supplies, transportation, off-campus housing and personal expenses.

Estimating current education-related expenses

Get a list of direct expenses from the colleges that you are considering.  Use those figures along with amount for indirect expenses to figure out the cost of attending college in the exercise below.

Tuition and fees $                    
Room and board $       
Books $       
Personal expense (laundry, snacks, etc.) $       
Transportation $       
Miscellaneous $       
Cost of Attendance for one year $       

Comparing Colleges

Please do not let the price of a college discourage you from applying-look for financial aid first.  Often private schools can offer more financial aid than public schools can.

Find out more about financing college:

College Counseling Staff

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The Bentley Story

Founded in 1920, Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in every one of its students. Bentley School is committed to academic excellence as well as the development of character and spirit in each of its students. (Read more in the Head of School's Message.)

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