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Harrison College has announced it will cut tuition by 10 percent in nine fields of study starting with the January quarter and might eventually roll out the savings to all its students.
The unusual move, announced Thursday, applies online and to all 14 Harrison College locations in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Ohio, said Mark Apple, director of public relations. That list includes the college branch in Columbus at 222 Poshard Drive, where 184 students attend classes.
Fields that will see the 10 percent savings are business management, project management, health informatics, information technology, interactive media design, logistics, network administration, paralegal studies and help-desk technician. For a four-year bachelor’s degree, the discount could be worth as much as $7,000.
“We want to do our part to make sure Indiana’s workforce is appropriately educated so that we can keep those jobs in the state and hopefully help attract new employers,” said Dennis Trinkle, Harrison’s provost and chief academic officer.
The savings is in addition to a tuition freeze that the college instituted in 2006 that protects students from annual tuition hikes after they enroll.
“A lot of people are expressing their concerns about the rising cost of higher education in this country, and we share that concern,” Trinkle said. “We decided now is the time to move past the discussion stage and take action.”
According to The Associated Press, the average public four-year college increased its tuition by 26 percent since the 2008-2009 school year.
Apple said annual tuition increases are typical for incoming Harrison College students as well. For the past couple of years, the increase has averaged 5 percent. However, Apple said officials there are willing to cut rates for the greater good.
Harrison College officials decided to institute the 10 percent tuition cuts in only nine fields of study, those deemed likely to help drive the economy in coming years.
For example, Trinkle said that thousands of logistics jobs are projected to become available in the next five years. He said hundreds of jobs are going unfilled in health informatics because students “lack the education to fill those jobs.”
Apple said keeping the list of discounted fields of study small at first will serve as a litmus test to demonstrate to college officials whether the cuts should be spread to other programs.
He said keeping the program small for now will allow the college to test its theory that a corresponding increase in enrollment will offset reduced tuition fees.
If tuition revenue drops and enrollment doesn’t increase by a corresponding amount, Apple said that Harrison will consider expense cuts such as office supplies and staffing levels.
Tuition costs to earn degrees or certificates in nine fields of study will decrease in January at Harrison College. What follows are current tuition costs and reduced costs in these select fields:
Business management (Bachelor of Science), $67,500 to $60,840
Project management (Bachelor of Science), $67,500 to $60,840
Health informatics (Bachelor of Science), $69,300 to $62,460
Information technology (Bachelor of Science), $68,400 to $61,560
Interactive media design (Bachelor of Science), $68,400 to $61,560
Logistics (Associate in Science degree), $36,000 to $32,448
Network administration (Associate of Applied Science), $36,480 to $32,832
Paralegal (Associate of Applied Science), $36,000 to $32,448
Help-desk technician (Certificate), $9,120 to $8,208
More information or enrollment: 888-544-4422, harrison.edu.
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