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ERIC Number: EJ1091930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Cost Conscious: Incentive and Discount Programs Help Students Meet the Rising Cost of a Community College Education
Ullman, Ellen
Community College Journal, v83 n6 p34-37 Jun-Jul 2013
Aware that rising costs could force some community colleges to compromise their long-standing open-door policies, administrators have put in place programs and incentives to offset the higher price of the average community college education. This article features ideas and programs to help struggling community colleges cope with rising costs such as College Promise, a scholarship program that lets participating local students attend their first year at Aims Community College for little or no cost. The California Community Colleges, among the most economically challenged institutions of their kind in the country, recently launched the I Can Afford College campaign--a statewide program to increase awareness among current and prospective community college students of year-round financial- aid opportunities. Because textbooks are expensive-so much so that many community college students wait to buy them until after the semester has started when they cash their financial aid checks. Still others see the price tag and skip buying books altogether. The article also describes a movement called College Open Textbooks (COT), and explains how it is trying to change all that whether it's offering differential pricing, helping students connect with financial aid opportunities, or finding ways to cut the cost of books and supplies, community colleges are going the extra mile so that students can afford to keep coming back.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado; Indiana; Massachusetts