With student loan debt and tuition costs continuing to rise, two-year colleges and regional universities may take on new appeal as a cost-effective alternative to larger state and private universities.
According to the nonprofit group College Board, average college tuition in the nation grew between 2011-12 and 2016-17 by 9 percent in public four-year universities, and by 11 percent in public two-year colleges, after adjusting for inflation. That means tuition costs during that period increased considerably faster than overall economic growth.
Some students and parents may find two-year and regional universities a more attractive option to counter those costs, earning the early years of higher education at a greatly reduced rate. Read more below:
The article linked above originally was published in the Enid News & Eagle on Aug. 3, 2017, by James Neal, Staff Writer.