Cutting College Costs

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL -- May 11, 2012 --

When Daniel Aldridge graduates high school next month, he'll already have earned 45 college credit hours.

Aldridge says, "Right before I came in to high school I was like, I'm going to try to take as many AP classes as I can."

Junior Catherine Kent is on track to earn 60.

"All these hours and these classes will really make me stand out in the admissions process and hopefully they will make stand out enough to earn a full scholarship."

In college, time is money. The longer you're enrolled, the more you pay. These students will save both time and money, by entering college as sophomores or maybe even higher.

"I could technically go in as a junior."

"The more time I can cut out the less money I'd have to pay and the less money I have to pay, the more money I actually have."

"College is expensive and I have four brothers."

These students owe part of their success to the growing number of Advanced Placement and Duel Enrollment courses in Florida schools.

Leon High School Prinicpal Rocky Hannah says, "We are giving 1,200 AP tests this week and next week. Last year we were at 1,100. The year before that 900.

"And earning college credit here is free. A high school student who earn 30 credit hours can eliminate one full year of college and save 5-thousand dollars on tuition alone."

Thousands more can be saved on room and board. This week the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force began reviewing an expansion of three year degree programs. At a time when the cost of college is rising, the task force believes it can cut the price tag by 25 percent.

Many students who enter college with credit still take four years to graduate and instead use their extra hour credits to earn second and third. The task force is looking to attract more students who just looking to save money and get out quickly.

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  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    There are several problems here. Graduates from elite colleges do not end up saddled with enormous debt, because the colleges have large endowments and aid is available in the form of grants or scholarships. States have substantially cut back their support for higher education. All those tax cuts for the rich mount up. Prisons are not free. What percent of the expense of a public college education is borne by your state? Not anywhere near what it was 25 years ago. Furthermore, for-profit colleges account for almost one quarter of loan debt.
  • by Sadfor Floridians Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    It is necessary for other colleges to raise fees in order to pay for FAMU's Pell Grants and free rides for those not even enrolled. Only 12.3 of FAMU students paid for any portion of their education and that was the requisite 22" Rims on their vehicle.
  • by Same anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM
    Yes students can take out loans and a get a useless degree........however when they cannot get a job the TAXPAYERS are on the hook so yes it is my business.
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    Exactly right student loans are only a loan and you can bilk on them. It's worse than the IRS but if you need to get one it's there. getting a loan SHOULD be a wiser choice since it's your money and mommy and daddy' know you have to pay it back
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    The posts at 3:46 PM and 3:47 PM are almost certainly made by the same person.
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to
      That post was made by a liberal..... factually correct but irrelevant and distracting to the truth that student loans cause tuition inflation
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        by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 08:17 PM in reply to
        I assume the individual uses more than one handle in order to make it seem there is more support for his (her) position. Did you attend college? Did they teach you in college that if you use liberal to describe an adversary, you win the argument? Maybe the government should simply pay people to attend college, like it did servicemen returning from WW II. Why would student loans cause tuition to rise? Can you prove loans cause tuition to rise?
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          by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 08:57 PM in reply to
          It is called monetary inflation and it causes prices to rise.....think when the Fed dumped a bunch of money into the housing market.....history repeats itself to those who are too smug in their faulty beliefs
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          by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 06:11 AM in reply to
          @Anonymous at 11:57 PM. I see you flailing about and repeating yourself but I do not see any proof. Try again.
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          by GV on May 14, 2012 at 05:36 AM in reply to
          Can you prove it doesn't?Didn't think so,idiot.
  • by Master Reginald Romney Location: my own personal helicopter on May 12, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    Students shouldn't take out loans. Their parents should give them the money they need for school.
  • by Gerry on May 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    End student loans and costs go down.....this is caused monetary inflation....duhhhh
  • by randall on May 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
    Ironic since they just passed a law allowing FSU and other Florida schools the right to NOT honor these AP course credits.
  • by Carrabelle on May 12, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    Stop teaching coarse's with no job demands. Look in to professors being over paid for what they teach.
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      by Gerry on May 12, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to Carrabelle
      students get cheap loans and pick bad majors....end student loans and they make better choices.
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        by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 08:14 AM in reply to Gerry
        Student loans have nothing to do with student's choice of majors.
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          by Gerry on May 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM in reply to
          sure it does....when you spend other people's money you don't choose as wisely.......proven time and time through out history
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          by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to
          Gerry, it's not other people's money when it is is a loan!
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          by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 03:40 PM in reply to
          for decades college, with rare exception like doc and lawyers, were for more affluent to spend time an personally expand themselves. It's only been more recently that college has been looked on in a more "job" placement focus to be honest. But if someone wants to study "art history", "philosophy" or "anthropology" it's their right and school should offer them just as much as they offer engineering.
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          by GV on May 14, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to
          Anonymous,what do you mean it's not other people's money when it is a loan?You know how stupid that sounds?Who's money is it,then?So when you borrow money from someone else then it's really not that someone else's money?How stupid can you be?
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 08:13 AM in reply to Carrabelle
      If the demand is there for these courses, why should they stop them. The students are responsible for their education, and they make the decisions on what classes they want, and ultimately what classes are offered.
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        by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to
        The government is enabling the addicts..... End College Loans Now!
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          by Pen on May 12, 2012 at 07:42 PM in reply to
          What do you not understand about the concept of a loan? It's not from the government and it gets paid back (with interest) by the student.
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          by Same anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM in reply to
          It is a called a government backed loan so yes us taxpayers have to pay it back when they default....student loan bubble popping soon and look out below as another trillion dollar bailout gets shoved down our throat
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          by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 06:14 AM in reply to
          @ Same anonymous If you had gone to college you would know that you mean "we" taxpayers, not "us" taxpayers.
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          by GV on May 14, 2012 at 05:34 AM in reply to
          Pen,what do you not understand?It's not getting paid back,idiot.Did you read the story?The story is about student loan debts surpassing the trillion dollar mark.
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      by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM in reply to Carrabelle
      The college you attended evidently didn't teach you when to use "coarse" and when to use "course" and also how to form a simple plural, e.g., "courses," not "coarse's."
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        by Carrabelle on May 12, 2012 at 03:45 PM in reply to
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