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College Costs


The cost of a college education today is probably all relative.

An ad in the Fargo Saturday Forum on this date in 1894 for Fargo College gives us an interesting comparison.

The Fargo College offered business courses with instruction upon the type writer. And, continued the ad, for no extra cost in tuition, the business courses were equal to any. Courses in science, mathematics and English Bible were also offered.

And how much did college cost back then? Tuition for the term was ten dollars. A meal contract ran the students $2.75 per week. For a room, which by the way was furnished, heated and lighted, was $1 per week.

by Dave Seifert

The Fargo Saturday Forum, September 29, 1894. pg. 7.