Church schools like Brigham Young University (BYU), BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii and L.D.S. Business College subsidize higher education with Church funds. This makes them affordable. If you are a member of the Church then portions of your tithing funds go toward supporting these institutions. The logic is that if you are a member you will end up contributing to these institutions your whole lives. Tuition and fees are higher for non-members.

In addition, these schools are not trying to wring every dollar out of the students (and vicariously through the federal government through the loan programs) they can. They try and keep costs low. Facilities like student housing, campus laundromats and so forth are not trying to make an obscene profit. Church schools keep these kind of costs reasonable. At all the other schools I have attended, taught at or been to this is not the case.

Church schools pour necessary money into campus facilities and they pay the necessary costs for upkeep. This is not the case at other schools. Next to Church schools, other campuses are shabby.

I got a world class education at BYU for a mere pittance. Was it worth it? Yes! Is it worth it now? Not really.

For nearly all students, there are better options out there.

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