Tuition Increases - No Problem With StraighterLine

Jaime Dalbke

From September, 2008...

According to the College Board, college tuition costs for the last school year (2007-2008) increased 6.3 percent, far outpacing inflation. More specifically:

  • At public four-year institutions, in-state tuition and fees averaged $6,185 for in-state students, or $381 more than 2006-2007, a 6.6 percent increase, and $16,640 for out-of-state students, or $862 more than in 2006-2007, a 5.5 percent increase.
  • At private four-year nonprofit institutions, tuition and fees averaged $23,712, or $1,404 more than last year, a 6.3 percent increase.
  • At for-profit institutions, tuition and fees averaged $12,089, or $703 more than last year, a 6.2 percent increase.
  • Even at public two-year institutions, tuition and fees averaged $2,361, a $95 or 4.2 percent increase.

These sort of yearly tuition hikes have become standard at many institutions of higher learning across America, and there is no sign they will be ending, even as the economy weakens. For students entering these colleges, this means in order to address the rising costs, they will have to either pay it themselves, look for higher loans, or simply delay or even decline attending any post-secondary school for education. All of those prospects are bleak, both in the short term and long term.

However, there is another way to circumvent these growing and oppressive prices while receiving high quality entry-level college courses - StraighterLine (SL), a new online educational system. We at SL stress affordability as one of our assets, and by carefully managing our costs by eliminating wasteful and unnecessary expenses, we are able to offer introductory courses in math, English, accounting and economics for the low price of just $399 per course.

Beyond some extra materials like our e-books, which cost nearly half as much as regular textbooks, there are no other payments you will need to make if you choose to take courses from us. Your fees can be under four figures per semester while others take the same courses and pay tens of thousands of dollars - now that is a real educational bargain.

There are many other incentives we offer at SL, too many to explain right here. For a full explanation of how we allow you to earn quality college credits at bargain prices, visit, and let us show you how tuition increases need not be a deterrent for you to start your college education with us.

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