I need your help here. I've done all my research and ran my numbers twice. I just simply can't make a decision. Next year I am planning on going back to school to learn how to build guitars and repair. There are two schools that I am interested in and I just can't make up my mind on which one I want to go to. So, I'm going to run all the info that I have and hopefully with our brains together we can come up with a decision for me. Hopefully with all our brain power combined we can make a decision.
Here's the first school I found out about.
South East Technical College in Red Wing, Mn formerly known as Red Wing Technical College
This school is located about an hr south of St. Paul, MN and is just another Midwestern river town like where I'm from. Here's the numbers for the school. I only live 6 hrs from this school. Will have to provide my own furniture unless I decided to choose the option from renting a room from a local family.
Length = 9 months for the main diploma or 18months with the second year.
Tuition = $9,812 this includes books, supplies and fees
Materials = $1,100 this for both an acoustic and electric guitar
Tools = $1200
Room and Board = No housing provided but I found a 1 bdrm 1 bath apartment for $610. This includes all utilities except electricity. There are other options if I want to share a house with strangers .
So just tuition and material expense it comes to $12,112 with R&B $17,602. ($610 * 9)
The next school I am thinking about is Roberto-Ven in Phoenix, AZ. This area will be completely new to me as I've never been that far west. This schools is just over 11 hrs from home.
Length = 5 months
Tuition = $9,950
Materials = $1,425
Tools = $900
Room and Board = Found a nice studio apartment close to the school for $495 with all utilities except electrify. Includes a Murphy Bed and a dresser. Also will need to provide rest of the furniture.
Application fee: $250 with $50 for the fee and $200 as a deposit.
Total cost $12,125 with room and board it's $14,600 ($495*5)
So, as you can see the cost of the school is pretty close. Only a $13 difference. I really want to go to Roberto-Venn cause it's in Phoenix so it will be warmer weather. I'm tired of these snowy winters. However, I just like Red Wing better cause it's an actual college instead of just a family operated shop. Red Wing does have an additional year you can take which is more advance. Has a cnc class, advance finishes, advance neck repair, and archtop construction such as Mandolins.
Red Wing is a member of Minnesota State education.
Roberto-Venn is accredited by ACCSCT (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology)
So, what do you guys think? I hope this isn't to confusion. I just really can't make up my mind.