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How to save $50,000 on a degree from CU

Jeff Stoddard/For the Saturday Morning Press

That may sound like a sensational headline from a tabloid newspaper, but this one is true. Let’s suppose your daughter wants a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her tuition, room and board, and student fees for the first two years would come to about $54,000. If she enrolled in a guaranteed transfer degree program at Colorado Northwestern Community College, those same costs would total about $4,500. After some simple arithmetic, the cost savings is $49,500. If you add an extra $500 for the expense of travelling back and forth to Boulder over two years, the cost savings come to an even $50,000.*

Here are some things to consider:

• Living at home for the first two years means you don’t have to pay for room and board (A little more than $30,000 at CU).

• If you live in Moffat County, half of your tuition costs are paid by the College District.

• The Associate of Arts Degree at CNCC is guaranteed to transfer to CU. That means she would enter CU as a Junior.

• With smaller class sizes and world-class instruction, the education she would receive at CNCC is on par with the best in the state.

• The new, state-of-the-art campus west of Craig provides a true college atmosphere with a vibrant student life.

According USA Today, “40 million Americans owe $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. The amount surpasses every other household debt except mortgage.” When you add it all up, the smart money is on a guaranteed Associate Degree from CNCC.

*College costs are based on current information from each of the institution’s websites.


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