The average cost of attendance at a private university in the United States is $30,094 per year--and that’s just for tuition and fees (no meal plan or housing included). This figure is not the product of bloated budgets and money hungry men in power. This is the actual amount of dollars it takes from each enrolled student to run a private (not government funded) university. The $4,940 we pay in tuition to attend two semesters is still a fair amount of cash to come up with for the average student at BYU Hawaii, but we have to keep in mind that the other $25,000 per year, or $112,500 per nine semesters is not just twinkled away in the school budget. The money has to come from somewhere. Believing in the potential of the youth of the LDS faith, our leaders are investing tithing money in us--in you and me.
Why do they do it?