Tag: community college

Gov. Cuomo proposes free college plan for students in New York state

Posted on January 3rd, 2017

"It's incredibly hard and getting harder to get a college education today. It is incredibly expensive, and the debt is so high it's like starting a race with an anchor tied to your leg. New York State is going to do something about it." -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Great news for New York students considering attending college in their home state in the next few years. On January 3, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan that would offer free tuition at state colleges (including community college) for all students with families making $125,000 or less, according to the New York Times. […]

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Even community colleges are getting less affordable, study shows

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

"If you’re making $10,000 to $30,000 a year, and you need 10 percent to 15 percent of family income to attend community college, it’s just not going to happen." -- Joni Finney

We’ve written previously about how college overall has gotten more expensive, and even though financial aid has reached record levels, it still hasn’t been enough to make up the difference for most families, particularly low-income ones. And a new study from the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania confirms that college […]

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The biggest misconception about community college

Posted on September 9th, 2015

"Community college is not a second-class education. It's a first-class opportunity." -- Isa Adney

We write a lot about the benefits of starting your bachelor’s degree at a community college to save money on your degree. Unfortunately, many students and families mistakenly believe community colleges are subpar to 4-year schools. They assume the classes are easier, and the education they provide is somehow less rigorous or prestigious than those offered at […]

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Students can now transfer credits between SUNYs

Posted on August 27th, 2015

"When you start college at SUNY, we are going to do all we can to help you finish your degree on time and with less debt. Ensuring seamless transfer is one of the most fundamental ways we deliver on that promise." -- SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

Great news for students who transfer within the State University of New York (SUNY) system–they can now transfer with the assurance that their credits will be accepted without any trouble from their new college, according to the SUNY website and as reported by The Journal News. Program can help save students time, money on college Making it […]

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Community college pays off for many graduates

Posted on August 4th, 2015

"It's not the degree that matters, but what you got the degree in and, to some extent, where you got it." -- Mark Schneider

We write mostly about four-year colleges because that’s where most of our clients choose to attend, and going to college is a wise investment in your future. But as we’ve written before, community college can also be an affordable college option for many students–even if they don’t necessarily go on to get a bachelor’s degree. Short […]

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Why are so many students choosing for-profit colleges?

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

For-profit colleges have faced bad press over the last few years–and deservedly so.

They’ve been accused of predatory lending, and graduates report poor outcomes, high student debt, and difficulty finding jobs.

In spite of this, and the fact that they’re more expensive on average than both public two- and four-year colleges, they’re increasing in popularity, particularly among younger students, according to The Hechinger Report.

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President Obama proposes free community college plan

Posted on January 9th, 2015

We’ve touted community college as a way to significantly reduce college costs, by transferring to a 4-year college after two years to earn your bachelor’s degree.

And a new proposal President Obama announced today makes community college an even more financially responsible option. The plan, called “America’s College Promise,” would make two years of community college free for eligible students of all ages.

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A community college transfer checklist

Posted on July 17th, 2014

We’ve written quite a bit about the benefits of starting your bachelor’s degree at a community college to save money on your education.

To make the process easier, SALT has put together a handy infographic showing a semester-by-semester breakdown of how to succeed at a community college and put yourself in the best position possible to get into and pay for a 4-year college.

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Could free college tuition be on the way?

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Tennessee may be known for its great weather, country music and being Elvis’s hometown, but that might soon change.

According to ThinkProgress, in April, Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that will make tuition free for all high school graduates who go to a two-year college as long as they meet the requirements of the “Tennessee Promise” program.

As part of the program, after graduating from high school, students will have to maintain a 2.0 grade point average, attend mandatory meetings, work with a mentor, and do community service. As long as they fulfill these obligations, their college education is free.

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Academic credit loss common for community college transfers

Posted on April 27th, 2014

Starting your bachelor’s degree at a community college can be a great way to save money and still graduate with the same degree as students who attend a 4-year college from the beginning.

But if you choose to go the community college route, you’d better be careful–a new report from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York found that more than 40% of community college graduates are unable to transfer their credits to a 4-year college.

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