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Choosing the right college

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Want to lower the cost of college while increasing the benefit?

Yes, a college degree is still the best way to increase your potential earning power over your lifetime. But with 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, priced anywhere from $5,000 a year to $60,000 per year and an unstable job market, how do you choose the best pathway for the most success?Start your research before you apply. Find out which colleges and universities accept transfer credits, earn as many transfer credits as you can, and save on the cost of a four-year degree even at the upscale universities.

The U.S. Department of Education has created a College Scorecard to help you find the right college.  Do the research.

 What’s a transfer-friendly college?

You may not know it, but a lot of colleges and universities have transfer agreements and formal agreements with other partnering institutions that allow you to automatically roll over earned credits.

They’re called “transfer-friendly” colleges. You can attend a two-year college and transfer to the four-year college of your choice. You can go back to college with credits earned. Or you can earn credit from work experience.

Always dream of graduating from an Ivy League school? You still can. Find out what credits are transferable where and start going to college now.

Get two for the price of one

There are so many ways of saving on the cost of college. Start at a community college and earn transferable credits, attend a program that’s designed to encourage degree completion within three years or get two for the price of one- a dual degree. Get two degrees in four years and make yourself twice as valuable in the job market.

Increasingly, colleges are offering three year bachelor’s degree programs. You can save money by finishing a four year program in three. Or choose a college that’s set up for paid internships that gives you credit and work experience while helping you pay for college.

All of these cost effective degree completion plans can be completed more quickly and at less cost by using