Boston is the heart of education in USA. There are more than 50 universities in Massachusetts. Here is a list of major universities in Boston:
Studying in Boston is a privilage. It is true that studying in college expensive, but it is worth it if you know how to use it.
"My friend Fang from China started studying his Master's Degree in software engineering at Northeastern University. His education wasn't cheap, but he did paid internships in good software companies with the help of Northeastern University Student Career Services. After he graduated, he found a job with a good salary which can also sponsor his work visa. He was glad that he invested in his education."
Deciding where and what you want to study is a long process. I am assuming you have decided your major, and already have a list of colleges that you want to apply for. Application process includes your initial search, networking with friends if you can, checking reviews, checking the requirements and contacting the admission office. My advice here is you should not be shy or hesitate contacting admission office and asking questions. There are many things that you can take advantage of, especially if you are already in Boston. By contacting the admission office, you can learn about campus tours, information sessions for that major, or any other kind of information that can put you a step ahead of others. For instance, many universities offer their own English test which is cheaper so you do not have take Toefl.
Community Colleges are a cheaper alternative for colleges. They provide 2 year of education to students. Some international students start studying at Community Colleges as their undergraduate degree. At the end of their 2nd year, they transfer to a regular college and study another 2 years to get their Bachelor's Degree.