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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

THE POST-STANDARD / SPECIAL SECTION

By Lorenzo Arguello
Contributing writer

College costs can be a burden for you and your student — plan ahead to save more money
collegeboard.org

College Tuition 101

Going to college doesn’t require having a lot of money or accumulating a ton of debt. Adam Houck, an application software development major at Morrisville State College, has found numerous ways to pay for his education. Houck, a junior from Vernon, first enrolled in a twoyear program at Morrisville before transferring to his fouryear program. To promote its four-year degrees, the college offered transfers within the college $3,000 scholarships over a two-year period. At first, the college balked at giving him the scholarship because he hadn’t completed his associate degree. He said he appealed, arguing the scholarship’s rules were unclear; the

ADAM HOUCK, a Morrisville State College student, is a resident adviser and tutor who has found multiple ways to pay for his college education.

Ryan MacCammon / The Post-Standard

college gave him the scholarship.

Houck is also a resident adviser on campus, a job that gives him free housing, which saves him close to $4,000 a semester. ‘‘It’s a busy job, but it’s worth it,’’ he said. As the costs for higher education continue to go up, many high school students and their families find paying for college very difficult. The College Board, a notfor-profit association of colleges, reports the annual average prices are all going up: 4 Private university: $36,993 in 2010, up 4.3 percent from 2009 4 Public universities, instate: $16,140, up 6.1percent; out-of-state, $28,130, up 5.6 percent from 2009.

4 Community colleges, $2,713, up 6 percent from 2009. But experts say there are ways to cut the cost of going to college and limit the money a student needs to borrow. Here are some tips from local colleges and financial aid experts:

National, local scholarships
Many students get scholarships from their college, but plenty of other scholarship opportunities are available. High schools, local clubs, not-forprofit organizations or family members’ workplaces often offer scholarships. Websites like fastweb.com, princetonreview.com, and

are useful to find both local and national scholarships, along with important information regarding eligibility and deadlines. A resource that’s often overlooked is the financial aid office at a local college, said Youlanda Copeland-Morgan, Syracuse University’s director of scholarships and student aid. Even if your students is not interested in attending that school, familiarizing yourself with the entire process can be very helpful, she said. ‘‘One of the keys is to emphasize that they really shouldn’t pay if they don’t have to,’’ said William Cheetham, director of financial aid at Le Moyne College. Students need to make sure they don’t miss out on the numerous local scholarships out there, Cheetham said. ‘‘It really is true that you have to make sure no stone is left unturned,’’ he said. Students who go to Syracuse city schools, for example, could be eligible for the Say Yes to Education program, which offers free tuition to certain colleges and universities.

Try accelerated or professional programs
For students with specific career interests — nursing, criminal justice, respiratory care — some professional or accelerated-degree programs can offer quick ways to save time and money.
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• A small college where professors know you by name,
l 5 : l student/faculty ratio.

• Daemen's park-like 39-acre campus is located on Main
Street in Amherst, near Buffalo.

College Choices begins with Fair
The college brochures are piling up in the mail box. The e-mails keep coming from colleges, some you may never have heard of before the message arrived. For the high school student headed for college (and their families), it is a daunting task to find the right college and to figure out how they are going to pay for it. Today, we offer you our annual College Choices, a special section for high school students and their parents. It’s published in time for the 2011 Syracuse National College Fair on Sunday and Monday at the Empire Expo Center at the state Fairgrounds in Geddes. That’s a new location. We hope College Choices helps students and their families sort through this process and find the right college.

• Daemen offers more than 40 majors.

Open House–Saturday, April 9
Make your reservation today! www.daemen.edu 7l6.839.8225
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