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How some students are lowering or avoiding college tuition and student loans

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,579 Senior Member
"As many Americans struggle with student debt, a growing number of college-bound teenagers have found a way to sidestep as much as $44,000 in tuition expense, on average — and the loans that often go along with it.

Enrollment is growing in early college programs, which allow high school students to take college courses in 11th and 12th grade, potentially cutting the time and money spent at four-year institutions in half. All official early colleges are public." ...


Replies to: How some students are lowering or avoiding college tuition and student loans

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid Posts: 83,485 Forum Champion

    My brother’s kids have done Running Start in Washington! Saved him a lot!
  • elodyCOHelodyCOH Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    Early college at University of Alabama is a great program. My son has taken classes there junior year and this summer. It is a very good deal for us.
  • hopedaisyhopedaisy Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    I know students who attend a local early college program. College classes are taken via the local community college with transfer relationships to state universities. It's a good value but there are some drawbacks. Students take basic community college classes instead of AP courses which in some cases have resulted in a lower-quality education. ACT test scores at this school are lower than top high schools in the area. Also, there are issues with qualifying for financial aid if you have too many college credits when you graduate. Not all early college programs are the same. The one that is through University of Alabama sounds light years better than the one offered at my local school.
  • turtletimeturtletime Registered User Posts: 1,095 Senior Member
    My eldest did this. She chose not to shorten her university time (and got a financial package that allowed that) but many of her classmates finished in 3 years. I think it’s fantastic as many kids are more than capable of starting college early.
  • NJRoadieNJRoadie Forum Champion Rowan, Forum Champion TCNJ Posts: 569 Forum Champion
    Yes, my daughter brought in 29 AP credits and will graduate in 3 years with zero debt for her or us. I feel sad that we rushed her college experience, but hope that in 10 years when she is doing well financially with no college debt that it will seem worth it.
  • TigerRose88TigerRose88 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I had a friend work at Americorp after he graduated, that boosted his resume, created a great network for him, as well as relieved his debt for every year he worked with them.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 17,741 Senior Member
    I have suggested my daughter look into americorp to get some experience as well as the $$ to pay some of her loans (it's the same amount as a Pell grant for 1700 hours of work). She's getting a minor in museum studies and I found some assignments that are working in museums, mostly with Indian art.
  • MandalorianMandalorian Registered User Posts: 1,714 Senior Member
    Great options! There's always the military too.
  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    This will only work when it applies to all colleges. When it applies only to state universities and a narrow range of schools then it really is just a substitute for Community College (which for many jobs and graduate programs) has a negative connotation. The AP program credits used to transfer until colleges realized that students would pursue this venue to cut a year or two off their undergraduate degree. Today many selective colleges require 8 semesters. Yes, a few will allow you to pursue a grad degree during that time but many will just place you in higher level courses. The students are getting the worst end of the deal having done the AP work and not being able to get the college credit. This should be where people put there emphasis. Force ALL schools to accept AP credit for what it is, college credit.
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