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How expensive college tuition will be after the pandemic is over?

College is already expensive as it is, but after the pandemic is over, will college tuition reach a new sky high?

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Richard’s Answer

Personally I wouldn't waste my time at a 4 year college due to the outrageous tuition they charge. I would attend a local community College and get my general education requirements out of the way. Tuition is affordable, your close to home, close to a support system of family and friends, and you won't have to pay for room and board. Also gives you time to set your major and set some goals. Upon completion you can transfer to the university of your choice in line with the major you seek.

Richard recommends the following next steps:

Weigh your choices
Select the college
Set some goals
Select your major
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Juliana’s Answer

In short, probably.

Alternatives-
Some states have something called Early College (Oregon), Running Start (Washington) that you can do when in High School, where the student while still part of the high school actually attends the local community college in lieu of high school classes. If you plan with the counselor, your pathway, you can graduate from high school (you can attend graduation with your high school and also at the early college program at the local community college) with an associate's degree. The classes are recognized at the state university (and potentially in neighboring states if they have agreements) and you can then go straight into university as a Junior (or if you were not as careful on class selection) go in as a Sophomore, either way, you knock off 2 or almost 2 years of college tuition. The only caution- if you go this route, student needs to have the motivation and be proactive (they treat you like a college student, so don't chase you down if you miss classes/assignments- thus students can more easily fail classes vs in high school) and keep on top of their class schedule, studying and assignments- I strongly suggest that if you go this route, to do this with friends so that you can motivate each other. I'm sure other states have programs like these, I am just not familiar, but ask your high school counselor, they should know if there is a program like this in place.

As suggested in other answers, you can go to Community College for the first 2 years and then transfer to a university, or you can can get some credits out of the way by doing AP classes in high school.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Sally, thank you for your question. You are right when you say the pricing will go up for the price of an education. There are always things you can do to cut your cost. Frist you may want to consider going to a junior college instead of a 4-year college right away that will save you a lot of money. Also, you may want to look at colleges that are in state the reason for going to an in-state school is because if you go out of state your tuition could be as much as 10,000 dollars extra in fees. Lastly when the economy starts to pick up you still have the option to transfer to a 4-year college. Best of luck
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Baljit’s Answer

Hi Sally,
I am not too sure whether the colleges and university will hike their costs up due to the pandemic being over. It depends on the economy too. I am hoping for all of the students out there that school expenses remain affordable. Even now all Ivy League schools are very expensive. Community Colleges are the safe bet for most students who want a feasible education to achieve their academic and career goals. I would contact the local Community Colleges and compare costs per unit. That might help you in deciding which course to enroll in.
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Julie’s Answer

Education is an investment.
You may attend the Community College and do the on-line courses which has the enrichment benefits.
Set some goals and put the timeframe. When the economy gets better, you may able to get in to the choice college.
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