Some private colleges are offering “no-frills degrees” to cost-conscious students, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a private college, charges $10,000 a year for its “Advantage” program, which meets in an office building.
Forget about campus housing. Or a meal plan, or a gym with a climbing wall. This program is about the basics – core courses at a bare-bones satellite campus. But the price is less than one-third of what it costs for tuition and room and board at the main campus in Manchester.
Students attend class and talk to professors and advisors four mornings a week for five hours at a time. That allows them to put in more paid work hours than most full-time students. College officials say students get more attention than they would at a community college, which is even cheaper.
Pennsylvania’s public college system may offer a no-frills alternative.