by Bob Hickerson, Exec Dir, Hill Country University Center
As published in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Aug 17, 2016
When was the last time you heard good news about financing a college degree? It’s more likely that you’ve been constantly bombarded with bad news about the high, and still rising, cost of higher education. The average college student that graduated with the class of 2016 had more than $37,000 in student loan debt, and the prospect of taking on such a burden has caused many students to abandon their dreams of attending college and reaping the benefits that a college degree should afford.
Luckily, for residents of the Hill Country there is a better way. They have the opportunity to save thousands of dollars while pursuing a 4-year degree from Texas Tech University, an emerging Tier One institution, without leaving home. At the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas Tech partners with Central Texas College (a 2-year community college) to offer baccalaureate degrees that are exactly the same as degrees earned on the main campus of the university. In this partnership, CTC provides the freshman and sophomore courses, while Texas Tech offers the junior and senior level courses to complete the degree.
Central Texas College (CTC) has been our local community college for a year now, and without question they provide the best value to their students of any community college not located in a taxing district. In fact, today a CTC student in the Hill Country pays less than $300 for a 3 semester credit hour course, far less than the $600 to $900 charged by other community colleges which serve the Hill Country (and certainly less than the $1,000+ charged by a typical 4-year institution). This differential in tuition and fees adds up to a huge savings in the total cost of a 4-year degree, allowing a student to finish 60 hours of lower-division, general academic courses for less than $6,000, compared to at least $15,000 if those hours are taken at a 4-year university.
Are you interested in learning more about this tremendous opportunity? Texas Tech and Central Texas College are holding an open house at the Hill Country University Center on August 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Advisors will be available to explain the degree and program offerings that can be taken right here in Fredericksburg. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Anne Arnecke, Senior Advisor for Texas Tech University, at 830-990-2717 or Kristy Kothe, Center Coordinator for Central Texas College at 254-616-3401.
Don’t put your college dreams on hold. Call an advisor today!