Considering the Alternatives

“Considering the plethora of lower-cost (in both dollars and time) alternatives to the traditional degree, it is no surprise that enrollment at the bachelor’s level in higher ed has dropped for the past half-dozen years. Sure, a robust economy has contributed to the decline, but applications to the University of California system and other major universities, as well as most midsized and smaller colleges, are down for 2019.”

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Fewer than half of public colleges are affordable, report finds

“The share of public colleges considered affordable decreased between the 2012-13 and 2016-17 academic years, according to a new report from the National College Access Network (NCAN). NCAN defines an affordable college as one with a total cost of attendance not exceeding the combination of: its average grant and federal loan awards; average expected family contribution for Pell Grant recipients; average Federal-Work Study award; and summer wages, plus $300.” 

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