How You Can Afford to Attend an Historically Black College and University Part 3
Affording an Historically Black College or University
The key to college affordability is not complicated. You simply need to plan ahead by creating a degree plan. A degree plan will help you to prepare financially, identify any academic gaps, uncover ways to accelerate your path to graduation, and help you find where to best achieve your academic and career dreams.
Are you the first in your family to consider going to college? You can afford to take college courses for credit. You can afford to go to a historically black college or university.
Are you budget conscious and worried about how to fit college into your financial situation? You can afford to take college courses for credit. You can afford to go to a historically black college or university.
Are you a savvy consumer and looking to maximize your educational dollars AND graduate from an HBCU? You can afford to take college courses for credit. You can afford to go to a historically black college or university.
Here are a few of the key elements to consider while developing your degree plan:
Take Online College Courses for Credit before Enrolling in an Historically Black College or University (HBCU):
One of the ways to significantly reduce your overall cost of college is to enroll in low cost college courses through an online college course provider like StraighterLine prior to enrolling in college. Through StraighterLine you can complete (for credit) many of the general education courses that most colleges require during your first two years at school. At a $99/month subscription rate, plus one-time course fees starting at $49, you have the opportunity to greatly reduce your overall cost of college by transferring credits in, and thereby reducing the overall number of credits you need to take when enrolled at your degree-granting institution. With StraighterLine, you can take as many (or as few) college courses as your schedule permits.
Since all StraighterLine courses are ACE CREDIT evaluated and recommended, you have the opportunity to transfer them to more than 2,000 colleges and universities. Additionally, your credits are guaranteed to transfer to StraighterLine partner colleges, like Albany State University, a noted HBCU.
Take Risks when the Cost of Failure Is Low:
Perhaps you are thinking of pursuing a healthcare degree, but you’ve never taken a college-level course in science, and are unsure of your ability to succeed. Don’t talk yourself out of pursuing your dreams just because you might be afraid of the cost of failure. Taking a low-cost online science courses like Introductory to Biology, Medical Terminology, Physiology, Physics, or Chemistry online can be an excellent way to find out if you have what it takes to successfully complete college level science courses. You can take the time you need, and as you find success, gain the confidence to transfer your courses to the healthcare program where you ultimately plan on graduating.
14Higher Education, Beyond Rhetoric: Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy, 2010, p.1