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Colleges Slash Tuition to Attract Students… and Pay the Bills

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That said, the majority of students at my college receives some form of financial aid. Some students with strong academic credentials may have half and even all of their tuition covered through scholarships and the same holds for some of the other institutions mentioned above. Financing college is certainly still a challenge for students even with such aid and students have to meet requirements such as maintaining a certain GPA and graduating in four years.

According to the American Religious Identification Survey conducted by Trinity College, the percentage of Americans adults identifying themselves as Christian has fallen from 86 percent in 1990 to 76 percent in 2008. Among Americans 18 to 29 years old, 26 percent say they are unaffiliated with any religious domination. So schools that have historically been religious are having to change and not only their name; they may have to shift the focus of their educational programs, offer new programs to try to attract more students or even merge with larger institutions.

Economic crises are tough on students for sure and (some) colleges (more than others) too.

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11:30AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

education shoudl be free!!!

6:34AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Impressive!!

11:18PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

amazing how costs can be lessened when times are tough...should be done all along..

9:55PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thank-you.

4:47PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Is it enough that colleges remove the religious reference from their names? The problem with acceptance, in many cases, stems from the fact that their education may be perceived to be subject to religious domination, particularly when they were founded by or have a close relationship with a particular religious denomination.

12:19PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

The economy is tough, and even the big Ivy League schools are feeling the pinch. On-line colleges are growing in popularity and have much lower operating costs without having to support brick and mortar campus facilities, and will likely serve a major percentage of college students in the future.

11:42AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Just like k-12 public education is free, so should a public university education be free, and so should training and internships be free. It's about making the country --and the world-- stronger, smarter and more just.

Let's do what western Europe and Canada did 60 years ago...

7:46AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

To Holly's "Make education affordable" I add this: Make it free as it is in the rest of the Western world!

7:40AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

College tuition has risen beyond belief and much faster than inflation. That some of them are cutting tuition is good, but that won't really help where college funds have been devestated just helping a family survive these economic times..or If the present GOP candidates for Nomination actually has one of them get into the White House. Not one vblessed one of them does NOT want to cut Education funding and that means, Pell Grants and other programs that help a College age student from the Middle Class and Poor.

5:40AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

If only we could see such progress from institutions that did not offer majors in brainwashing and misinformation. Until we remove the 'for-profit' from education, the divide between the rich and the rest of us will only become more distinct and absurd, permanently vaulting us into 3rd world status. If you are born into the aristocracy, you get to go to the Ivy League and get to land the VP/CEO jobs, if are born into the working poor, you get to work under the Ivy League brats for minimum wage. Intelligence and effort mean nothing.

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