According to a new report published by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, many schools across the country are taking steps to make college more accessible to students.
Cuts in tuition, price freezes, tuition guarantees, partnerships with community colleges and accelerated degree programs are just some of the measures being adopted at universities throughout the U.S. These initiatives could make a real difference to students who are considering filling out college applications.
The report lists several colleges that are cutting their tuition fees, including Burlington College in Vermont, Cabrini College and Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, Lincoln College in Illinois and Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Columbia College in Missouri and Roosevelt University in Illinois are among schools offering students guarantees that tuition will remain the same during their time at the universities.
Students who are thinking about filling out college applications can use the Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center information resource. According to the website, students and their parents can enter college search criteria to figure out which are the most affordable in their price range, and generate individualized reports on their results.
If you're filling out college applications, don't forget to apply for merit- and need-based scholarships, too.