How Much Does School Cost? What Your Donation Can Do
The average annual cost of educating a high school student in the United States is about $7,750. In Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania combined, the average cost per year is about $650. Thus, 12 girls can go to school in East Africa for the price on one student in the US. In some areas a girl can attend high school for as little as $500. Although the exact costs vary by school, town, and country, a small donation can make a big difference in the life of an African girl. Likewise, the cost of attending a public college in the United States is about $15,000. The cost of attending a university in Sub Saharan Africa varies by school and program, but averages about $3,000 a year. For the price of a year in a US college, five girls can go to university in Africa.
Students in many countries in Africa pay fees to attend school. Even if school is “free,” students must have uniforms and supplies that they often cannot afford. Most high schools in East Africa are boarding schools, requiring students to live away from home and pay fees for their living expenses and tuition. Currently, we are supporting students attending elementary school through college in Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Your donation will help girls go to school and stay in school. Donations of any amount are critical and can ensure a girl’s future.
Here are some examples of what your donation can provide:
- $25 – personal supplies, including soap, toilet paper, sanitary pads, laundry detergent, and the like
- $50 – a school uniform, physical education uniform, and school supplies
- $100 – school books for eight girls
- $200 – a mattress, set of sheets, a blanket, and a trunk for two girls at boarding school
- $350 – a year of elementary school
- $650 – a year of high school
- $1,500 – a year of vocational school
- $3,000 – a year in college, including room and board