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Tuition discount for the unemployed


 

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In times of economic instability, enrollments at community colleges typically balloon. Those left without jobs, however, often cannot afford to further their education even at relatively low-cost institutions. Now, amid rising unemployment nationwide, some community colleges are waiving tuition for their local jobless.

Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., announced Monday that, as of next semester, it would begin waiving tuition for those recently laid off because of local business or industrial plant closings. These individuals will be able to take a maximum of 12 tuition-free credits or the financial equivalent in non-credit courses.


 
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Tuition discount for the unemployed

  1. I find stories like this great, Dale. Looking at the creative ways organizations in other countries fund education is exactly what Canadians should be doing.

    In spite of what students think, tuition is not the largest part of the funding formula for Canadian Universities. I did a quick check of institutions who freely post their financial statements and found that tuition covered as little as 5-6% of the costs of some institutions and never more than 50% of operating costs. Surely tuition discounts would not adversely affect most universities.

    On the East coast, the President of NSCC was quoted in the press as calling for an end to tuition altogether! UCB and MUN have also cut their tuition costs dramatically in the past few years and are experiencing record growth in enrollment while other institutions in the region are falling. The main problem as I understand it is not the lost revenue, but simply what to do with out-of-province applicants and how to police them.

    Another formula I’ve seen in some U.S. private universities is sponsor funding. Private enterprises basically pay all student tuition. The programs produce graduates which are of interest to the businesses. Seems win-win to me.

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