We have great compassion for prospective students and their parents who are trying to choose the right college.

They must often feel as if they are drowning in a sea of conflicting information, media scare stories and, to put it bluntly, hype.

So let’s counter a few myths with the facts.

MYTH NO. 1: Simpson College is not affordable.


*Every single student who attends Simpson College full-time – that’s 100 percent – receives some form of grant or scholarship assistance. Nobody pays the full comprehensive fee.

*Simpson has not increased the cost of room and board for five consecutive years.

*At Simpson, we work with you and the credits you bring from advanced study in high school to potentially graduate in three years instead of four.

MYTH NO. 2: Public universities are a lot cheaper than private colleges.

FACT: Look at the total cost for a college education. In 2016, 64 percent of Simpson students who begin as freshmen and continued at Simpson graduated in four years. Compare that to the 38 percent of graduates of regional public universities who finish within four years. (source: https://www.cic.edu/resources-research/research-studies-reports)

Why should you care? Each additional year of college will cost you thousands of extra dollars. Keep that in mind when comparing colleges and the value of your investment. Also remember that every additional year in college costs you a year of potential earning power.

When you look at the big picture, it’s often cheaper for a student to attend Simpson for four years than for that same student to attend the University of Iowa, Iowa State University or the University of Northern Iowa for five years.

Why do so many of our students graduate in four years? Because they receive the one-on-one help, attention and guidance that a small college provides. It makes an enormous difference, both in the quality of the education our students receive and in the cost.

It’s the difference between a gourmet meal cooked specifically for you and a mass-produced dinner prepared for thousands.


FACT: Study after study shows the exact opposite is true. Consider this statement from a 2014 New York Times article:

“Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close. For all the struggles that many young graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.”

Read the 2014 study here.

Check out how a college graduate’s earning power outpaces those without a degree:


At Simpson, 95 percent of our graduates are either employed or in graduate school following graduation.

It’s one of the reasons Simpson College has recently been ranked seventh most affordable private college in the Midwest by Great Value Colleges. Check it out: http://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/affordable/midwest-us/

MYTH NO. 4: Most college students graduate with more than $100,000 in debt.

FACT: Not at Simpson, they don’t. The average student debt after attending Simpson is $36,020, which is roughly the cost of a new car loan. We believe an investment in a student’s future is worth much more than a new car.

A Simpson degree makes a huge difference. We put our graduates on the path to success because we equip them with the skills that employers and graduate schools want. Our graduates leave Simpson knowing how to solve problems creatively, communicate effectively and think critically, which is what today’s world demands.

And that’s a fact.

But it’s also a fact that everyone is concerned about the investment necessary for a college degree. Let’s take a closer look at that. Just click this button: