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Summer College Tuition Deals Are Coming!

SummerCollegeWe have all known that summer school is a great time to load up on quality classes at bargain basement prices. However, it appears that the summer session tuition pricing is getting better and better for credit hungry students. A few weeks ago, I posted an article about how Otterbein College was offering summer credit hours at a 25% discount rate in the great state of Ohio. Now it appears that some colleges in New Jersey are stepping up to the plate and trying to increase summer enrollment with some great offers as well.

St. Peters College
is a small private Jesuit college boasting an enrollment of 3000 students on two campuses (Jersey City & Englewood Cliffs) and they are the first college in New Jersey to come out of the gate with a buy one summer class get a second summer class for 50% off. This is the second year that St. Peters will be offering this deal to students.

After Saint Peter’s advertised its deal last year, students completed 18 percent more summer credit hours, said Terence Peavy, the school’s vice president for admissions and marketing. “It’s a very smart initiative,” Peavy said. “A lot of people took us up on the offer.”

The savings for a student taking two 3 credit hour courses equates to almost a $1000 dollars. Certainly makes for a nice incentive to enroll in summer classes!

Saint Peter’s is not the only educational institution in New Jersey looking to score some extra students for summer session. Centenary College is offering free summer housing. The only requirement is that you enroll in at least 2 courses during the first summer session.

My guess is that other schools (maybe in your area of the country) will be providing incentives and discounts for students looking to take some summer courses. If you know of a school, or work at or attend a school, that is providing some great summer deals, please feel free to let us all know in the comments section below. We definitely enjoy affordable college tuition when the opportunity presents itself.

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Save Money! Get a Degree In Three Years

threefingersAs money gets tight and your budget for educational expenses is shrinking quicker than a used Arm & Hammer Magic Eraser, you start to think about different approaches to decreasing your costs for college.  This brings us to a widely used but under marketed practice of completing your undergraduate degree in three years instead of four (or ugh.. five).

It is not the easiest thing to do and it is certainly not for the academically challenged but it is very possible for a student to complete college a year early and under budget.

The first step is to take post-secondary courses while you are in high school. Most students can qualify to participate in this program in their junior year. Basically, you go to a couple of classes at your high school campus and then you go to a local college or university for FREE to take more “advanced” coursework to round out your schedule. I put advanced in quotes because a college course doesn’t necessarily mean that it is going to be harder than a class you take in high school (it should be tougher but depending on the professor and curriculum you should be just fine..).

The silver lining to this program is that courses you take at your local college not only count toward your high school diploma but they also provide benefit in that they are actually college credits that you can transfer to the school of your choice. If you get started in the post-secondary program (sometimes referred to as High School Scholars) early enough, you should have no problem in having a semester or two worth of credit hours to get you started. Also, many states pick up your textbook expenses for these programs so that is extra savings that you can count on. Check with your guidance counselor if this is something in which you have interest.

The next step in getting through college in three years is to take as many classes as you can each semester. Many colleges have a standard rate(cost) of tuition each semester regardless of whether you take 12 credit hours or 19. If you take the basic 12 credit hours, you are not maximizing your tuition dollars and may even prolong your stay at the college. However, if you take the maximum of 19 credit hours each semester, you are sure to cut off at least one semester on the back-end of your program. Again, this is not for the academically challenged. If you struggle in the classroom, you will have a very difficult time keeping up with 19 credit hours each semester. Not to mention that your social life may take a huge hit as well.

Lastly.. consider summer college.  Students take advantage of classes in the summer to catch up on course work that they could not complete during the year or in the sequence that is required by their program. Since summer college courses are usually offered at a discount rate by most traditional colleges and universities, you could save some cash by loading up on these classes. If you take enough summer courses you could easily shave a semester or two off your stay.

Based upon all the steps above, it seems like you could get your bachelors degree in two years let alone three. However, I don’t recommend a student to make use of all these opportunities during your college experience. Going to college is an educational process in and out of the classroom and it is a time when you learn to take on more responsibility and become a true adult. If you short change yourself from this opportunity, it could impact your accomplishments later in life.

So… 4 is good, 3 is better, but be very cautious about getting your bachelors degree any quicker. However, if you are really anxious. I know of a diploma mill in Florida that will give you your degree in two weeks (enough time for your $180 check to clear the bank!) 😉

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Otterbein Provides Cheap Summer School Option

otterbeinTaking summer classes has always been a great way for students to obtain their education at a bargain basement price. However, this coming summer the deals just got a lot better for students that live in and around the Columbus Ohio area.

Otterbein college
, a small liberal arts university located in Westerville (suburb of Columbus), just announced that they will be slashing the costs for summer courses by 25%. This puts their tuition rate at $245 per credit hour.  At this rock-bottom rate they are even putting competitive pressure on the local state schools.

“We know that students have busy lives and need class options, convenience, and flexibility,” Provost Goke-Pariola said. “The summer savings is one way Otterbein can respond to the need for better access to quality higher education for Ohio families.”

If you are an Otterbein student, it is a no-brainer to take advantage of the new summer course rate. But, if you are a student elsewhere in the nation and will be coming home to Columbus, Ohio for the summer (or just visiting), then I suggest you stock up on a course or two at Otterbein and bask in the savings. Congratulations to Otterbein for “helping to make college affordable”!

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