Small classes with lots of personal attention from gifted teachers with Ph.D.'s are costly. But getting lost or left behind in a lecture hall of 500 students for a much lower tuition can ultimately cost the individual more.
College officers understand that not everyone can visit colleges. Between plane fare, rental cars and hotel stays, it can get costly. Students can visit colleges in their area to get an idea of college life and what they would like.
As your kids move forward on their road to independence, the lessons build upon the foundation of principles you have helped them build -- and address the real-life situations and obstacles they will encounter.
Higher education does need to be changed, but for right now, it is what it is. So if you want to get ahead, don't fantasize about the future. Instead, assume society will never fix college and find a better way to graduate!
The topic of the "ROI of a college degree," may be the strongest factor for working adults and other nontraditional students looking to return to a degree program. The need for higher education in this country is clear.
Going to college or university is a privilege that many would like to have. But Just because you can afford a college education or get student loans, grants or scholarships doesn't mean you should go to college if you're not 100-percent ready or certain of what you want to study.
Most people acknowledge that the traditional undergraduate experience is designed to do something more than prepare students for jobs. What else might students gain from college, and how much should they be willing to pay for it?
It's tough to get rich saving the world, and graduates committed to social justice have a hard time competing in earned income with their counterparts who study, say, engineering, math and computer science.
While we can't hold tuition and fees at a standstill forever, we continue to study and explore cost-saving measures in other areas we can pass on to our students. At Texas Tech, this is an ongoing process, a year-round approach that keeps us ahead of this annual issue.