UT campus launches $10,000 science degrees

The $10,000 bachelor’s degree will be a reality starting next year at University of Texas of the Permian Basin. UTPB “science scholars” will be able to earn a degree in chemistry, computer science, geology, information systems or mathematics for $2,500 a year, compared to the regular cost of $6,452 a year.

“Science scholars” must be Texas residents enrolled full-time who do not need any remedial coursework.

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  1. So (a) this isn’t an innovation in cost-savings, but is simply a scholarship program and (b) admitted students from out of the Midland-Odessa area must live on campus at their own expense. (Should we infer from the latter requirement that this is one of the many colleges that is having a difficult time filling its student housing?)

    It’s great to offer scholarships, but structural reforms would be better – something to push down the cost of the degree as opposed to simply subsidizing the cost – as well as a program that doesn’t impose unwanted student housing costs on participants to the tune of @$8,000 per year in exchange for a @$4,000 scholarship.

  2. Seems to me that $6,452 per year was a pretty good deal already…

  3. What I like about this is that it might encourage a student to seriously look at STEM majors, who might otherwise not.