Posted February 10, 2020 11:00:01 The cost of attending a community college has more than doubled in the last decade, and the cost of the two-year associate’s degree has more in common with a two-time-a-week job than a two year degree at a state university, according to a new report.
The report, which analyzes the financial resources available to students, also shows that the cost for those who complete a two and a half year associate’s program is $8,600 less than the $19,000 the average student in the United States earns for a bachelor’s degree.
The report, released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, found that the average associate’s education program costs nearly $9,000 less than a bachelor, $18,000 more than a master’s, and $31,000 over two years than a three year associate.
It’s a problem, said Michael Nie, a senior fellow at CAP Action Fund.
“If you don’t want to pay the price of higher education, you need to be paying the price.
You can’t just keep going with these higher tuition hikes.
You have to make changes,” he said.
CAP Action Fund’s report is the first time the nonpartisan group has looked at the financial cost of higher ed in the states and found that in many cases, the costs are too high for many students to make ends meet.
When you take the total cost of tuition and fees, which is a lot of money, the cost to students of the same degree is way higher than what you’re seeing for the state, Nie said.
CAP Action Funds report shows that in some states, such as Georgia and Florida, the average cost of an associate’s is $18.5, $26.7 and $33,914, respectively.
But when you factor in other financial barriers, including the cost and time to apply for financial aid, the difference is staggering, Nies said.
The average associate degree costs $21,000 in Georgia, $37,000 for Florida, and an additional $14,000 or so in New Jersey.
At the other end of the spectrum, in Rhode Island, the typical associate degree program costs $22,000, which means a student can’t earn a $21K salary.
For some students, the financial burden is even more pronounced, Nier said.
In Florida, an associate degree cost $26,000.
In New Jersey, an Associate degree costs about $26K.
In Rhode Island and Florida as a whole, the study found that many students with less than high school diplomas can’t even find work as an associate or bachelor’s student.
Students in those states who complete associate’s programs face a steep learning curve and often have to take on jobs that pay below the minimum wage, Nied said.
For students in the bottom half of the income scale, their job prospects aren’t good.
They’re more likely to be working part time and not earn a living wage, he said, and are more likely than their peers to take a part-time job as a result.
In New Jersey and Florida students, there is a “giant gap,” according to Nier, because their degrees don’t have the skills that a full-time degree does.
Nier said that many of the students who are struggling to make it through school are students with disabilities who have low incomes and limited resources.
He said that while there is an issue of “unfairness” in the way the costs of attending college are determined, it is an important issue.
“This report shows us that we need to make these investments,” he told The Washington Post.
More than 2 million students attended associate’s degrees in 2016, a record high, and more than 2.5 million completed bachelor’s degrees, according a CAP Action fund report.
There are roughly 2.3 million students who have earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees from public or private universities, according the report.
CAP said that the number of students who receive their associate’s and bachelor’s programs from state institutions is higher than in any year since 2005, when it began tracking the data.
A CAP Action report released in 2016 found that nearly 60 percent of public and private university students received their associate degree from a state institution in 2016.
While the percentage of students from minority and low-income families attending public and public institutions has increased, they still comprise less than 1 percent of the population.