Save on Tuition at SNHU

Thursday, August 27, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

Paying for college has never been easy, and with today’s tumultuous economy, it’s becoming even harder for parents to afford tuition for their kids or themselves.

Southern New Hampshire University has created several programs to help make it a little easier.

Go to College (Without Leaving High School)
The first begins before students are even in college. Students at a number of high schools in southern New Hampshire take college courses for only $75 through the SNHU in the High School dual enrollment program. The growing list of high schools offering SNHU courses for credit includes Alvirne, Bedford, Nashua North and South, Manchester West and Central, Memorial and Pembroke Academy.

Students can take SNHU courses in their high schools, taught by their teachers during the regular school day, during their sophomore, junior and/or senior years. They can save thousands on tuition and show that they can handle college-level course work. 

Courses being offered include Introduction to Information Technology, Digital Music, Introduction to Business, Beginning French I, Introduction to Sport Management, Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, U.S. History, Introduction to Photography and Financial Accounting.

"Our partnership with SNHU and the dual enrollment program has provided many of our students with a 'jump start' on their future,” said John Rist, principal of Central High School in Manchester. “The program challenges the students to perform at high academic levels; they earn graduation and college credits and save tuition money for the future. It's a win-win and a no-brainer.”

Taking Advantage
Undergraduate students pay only $10,000 a year – a savings of 60 percent – through the SNHU Advantage Program.

The program offers a “no-frills” education at the university’s satellite locations in Nashua, Salem or Portsmouth and is ideal for students who want to save on tuition, have time to work and live at home. It offers extra attention from advisers and faculty, as well as tutoring and access to library resources, computer labs and study areas.

Students can graduate with an associate degree in two years, then continue working toward a bachelor’s degree at SNHU’s main campus, satellite locations or online.

The program has made national headlines on CBS News, in The Boston Globe and on National Public Radio. But the reviews from students count the most.

Billy Flynn, who graduated high school with a 3.6 GPA, enrolled in the program at SNHU’s Nashua location after his plans for attending at the main campus fell through due to financial troubles.

“I’m paying for college myself,” he said. “This is coming from me, and it feels really nice.”

Kaileen Crane, a former high school dropout who already has plans for graduate school, found the Advantage program in Salem to be exactly what she wanted.

“Smaller class size, a little more guidance and, of course, the big pink elephant was the price, getting the same education, if not better,” she said. “Campus life, to me, seems like a distraction.”

Go Faster (for a lot less)
SNHU also offers the innovative 3Year Honors Program in Business, the only one of its kind in the country. The bachelor’s degree program is completed in six semesters with no overload, summer or weekend classes.

Students graduate with the same number of credits, but save a year of tuition and room/board expenses – more than $30,000. They also qualify for academic scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $9,000 a year.

About 37 percent use the fourth year to begin graduate study at SNHU. Many complete their master’s degrees within 15 months – so they their obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 4 ½ years.

“The program is very hands-on, simulating real-world situations,” said Jason DeMarzo, a 2003 graduate who now works for New York Life.

Earning a bachelor's degree in three years was "an amazing marketing opportunity” and helped her stand out to employers, said 2006 graduate Beth Girling.

"A lot of the business competencies I obtained in the three-year program – in the actual job world, they've been very helpful,” she said.

Helping Alumni
SNHU also offered an Alumni Assistance Program for alumni and their family members who had lost their jobs in the last year. They could take up to four graduate courses for half price beginning in the March and June terms.

“What makes SNHU unusual is the variety of ways students can gain their education,” said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. “We do this through various locations and modes of delivery.  We do it with various costing models. One can save 25 percent of the cost of a degree in the Three-Year Honors Program, or save 60 percent off the first two years in the Advantage Program, or attend part-time in a convenient online program.  Few institutions offer that variety.”

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