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and others will yield lists of scholarships, along with the
and board required, and the cost soars above $30,000!
requirements for earning them. Some scholarships do not come
Mark's classmate, Stella Studious, graduated on time and
in the form of cash, but in the form of supportive items such as
went to work for the same company. By the time Mark started
books or tools. Money not spent on tools or books will come in
work there, Stella had already completed her probationary period
handy elsewhere.
and earned herself a raise of 50 cents per hour. Not only is Stella
Another source of income comes from local service
making over $50,000 per year while classmate Mark is still on
organizations. Visit representatives from your local Rotary,
probation, she also has seniority over Mark. Like compounding
Lions, Kiwanis, Optimist, or other club. These organizations
interest, the six-month delay in employment will continue to
love to help local students succeed. The search for scholarships
cost Mark throughout his career. Since many raises are given as
doesn't end when school starts. Some of these awards are even
percentages, Stella will always get bigger raises than Mark, and
easier to get after a student has entered
at the end of her career, will have made
college.
more money over her lifetime. To make
To avoid extra costs, prospective
matters worse, if there is a downturn in
students must be current on their
business, Mark is more likely than Stella
SOME SCHOLARSHIPS
math and reading skills. A reputable
to be laid off. Yes, that extra semester
ARE
SMALL
AND
college will not set a student up for
was extremely costly.
SOME LARGE. EVEN A
failure. Entrance exams, such as
There is another way to save money
SMALL SCHOLARSHIP
the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude
by careful use of articulation agreements.
HELPS. THE AIRCRAFT
Test/National Merit Scholarship
Using avionics as an example, compared
Qualifying Assessment Test and the
to community colleges, there are
ELECTRONICS
American College Test, should be
relatively few avionics schools in the
ASSOCIATION OFFERS
taken seriously. A college with open
nation. Most students will not be able
SEVERAL DIFFERENT
admissions won't require these tests,
to live at home while attending an
SCHOLARSHIPS,
but a student with a high score will
avionics school; however, it is likely
RANGING FROM
have advantages. Open-admission
there is a local community college that
$1,000 TO $35,000.
colleges will have their own tests,
is supported by local tax dollars. As
usually called placement tests. At a
a result, this local college will have a
minimum, students must take a math
significantly lower tuition rate for local
placement test. Colleges use these tests
residents.
to avoid placing students in a class they are unlikely to pass.
Courses can be taken locally and then transferred to the
Like the PSAT or ACT, incoming students should take these
other college, thanks to articulation agreements. Please note
tests seriously to avoid remediation courses.
the statement about careful use. Taking an extra semester to do
A typical remediation course will be three credits. The average
coursework locally may save money in the short run, but like
cost per credit hour in the United States is approximately $594.
Mark Matriculant, that extra semester will be expensive in the
Using this average, the cost of one course in preparation for the
long run. A course taken locally during the summer, or online, is
required college math course will be $1,782. If two remediation
a good way to take advantage of lower tuition without extending
courses are required, the cost doubles. In addition, there is a time
the overall time spent in college.
factor. Taking remediation courses delays the collegiate courses.
Another careful use warning: Students must make absolutely
If the student needs to remain an extra semester to complete a
sure the course taken locally will transfer to the destination
degree, then at the average public room and board rates, he or
school. If such is the case, then it will be documented at both
she will be paying an additional $5,400.
institutions. Colleges may also have rules about how much
When it comes to extra semesters, there is a huge cost, of
and when the coursework can be transferred. Colleges have
which most people are unaware. For an example, let's use a
a minimum grade requirement for transfer. Students should
starting rate of $24 per hour, which works out to $49,920 per
check into these rules. As a general rule, first-year general
year, not including overtime. Also, for example, let's consider
education courses like math, writing and science are easiest to
Mark Matriculant, who for numerous reasons, required an extra
transfer. The number of transferable courses will decrease as the
semester to complete his degree. The extra semester is going to
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cost him $24,960 in wages not earned. Add in the extra room
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