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Just what are you paying for?

Buy what you need in a college for a price reasonable for your circumstances

Don't fall into the trap created by thinking that people who are successful in a career had to spend big bucks on college. College choice IS important to student success but not in the way people often think. Prestige (which often means higher cost) does not guarantee a student anything except bragging rights. It is great to choose a college in part for prestige if that is important to a student and parents but they better also want:
  • affordability via actual cost or generosity with scholarships
  • a reputation for providing students with needed support
  • professional advising and counseling for student academic success
  • great career planning services
  • awesome instruction and learning opportunities
  • programs that match student skills and interests
  • a good match between the current skill level of the student and academic requirements
  • great outcome statistics for graduates of the college and degree program
  • a secure campus with a low crime rate
  • a low student drop-out rate
  • a high graduation rate
  • internship opportunities
  • safe, reasonably priced study abroad options
  • excellent leadership at the college 
  • facilities appropriate to instruction and student needs
  • job placement services that rock!
There are over 4,000 colleges in the US and great options in other countries. There are also colleges near just about anywhere in the US. There is a way to obtain a quality education at an affordable price with a great outcome for families who shop for college just like they shop for everything else.

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