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New college program saves money

November 26, 2000

New college program saves money



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


Maryland students interested in attending Shippensburg University can save nearly $2,000 a semester in tuition if they earn an Associate's Degree from Hagerstown Community College first, under the new Dual Admissions Program developed by both schools.

Students enrolled in the program will be charged a reduced-out-of-state tuition cost at Shippensburg University.

According to a statement from Hagerstown Community College, Maryland students who enroll at Shippensburg University are charged $5,217 for tuition and fees for one semester. The cost over the four years it takes to complete a Bachelor's Degree would be about $41,736.

At Hagerstown Community College, however, Washington County residents pay about $1,120 a semester for 16 credits, which equals about $4,480 in tuition to complete an Associate's Degree.

A student in the new Dual Admissions Program could then transfer to Shippensburg University and pay $3,321 in tuition a semester, which would cost about $13,284 to earn enough credits for a Bachelor's Degree.

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The total cost of a four-year degree would be $17,764, about $24,000 less in tuition than what is paid by Maryland students attending Shippensburg University, according to Hagerstown Community College .

Hagerstown Community College provides instruction in the liberal arts, science and technology, continuing education, developmental education and special certificate programs.

For more information on the Dual Admissions program and to receive a brochure, those interested may contact Hagerstown Community College at 301-790-2800, extension 240.

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