There’s no doubt postsecondary education is changing more quickly than it has in last twenty years than in the previous hundred. I expect technology will continue to escalate changes to how colleges look and operate. This post looks at low-cost and no-cost options.
With the high cost of postsecondary education and people questioning the value of a degree that comes attached with personal debt, it’s refreshing to know there are alternatives. I just learned of a new one and wanted to share the resource along with other viable options.
Community colleges continue to be an economical alternative. While a firm believer in education, not everyone needs or wants a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges offer programs that translate into quick employment – high skills equals high wages. They offer a variety of classes at times convenient to those working. For those wanting a bachelor’s degree, community colleges provide classes at the freshmen and sophomore levels that will transfer to a university. It’s where students finish that counts.
One favorite for online study is Western Governors University. Check it out at www.wgu.edu. They are a nonprofit, fully accredited online college. The brainchild at a meeting of governors of western states, WGU offers competency-based degrees. Demonstrate knowledge and acquire the credit. I have one friend that started and finished his master’s in business in five months. Amazing, right? That MBA cost him under $5000.00. He traded school for sleep but what an accomplishment. Another friend is going from her associate’s degree in nursing to master’s degree in nursing education in two years. She’s working full time as an emergency room nurse while attending school. That’s flexibility.
Want the downside of WGU? They only offer degrees in high-need fields. They offer bachelor and graduate degrees in education, nursing, business, and IT. There’s more good news too. They have student mentors to help students with the learning process and students can use federal financial aid to attend.
I started writing this post after learning of another new educational bargain.
Germany is offering free tuition to qualifying students. Free tuition to students from the United States and other countries. Not for every student but certainly a consideration for students wanting to study internationally and have the needed academic chops. Also this is an opportunity for undocumented students that don’t qualify for federal financial aid I the U.S. Check out this article at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/10/1335669/-Germany-offers-free-college-tuition-to-U-S-and-international-students?detail=email#.
Read this article from CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/world/europe/want-education-cant-pay-germany/ The last university in Germany to charge tuition dropped their fees in October 2014.
Know of other low-cost or free tuition for students? If so, please share.