Monday, February 11, 2019

An Online Tax for Rural Students - Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

High tuition fees for distance education courses are keeping some community colleges in Colorado afloat. But should rural students pay the price? Dotted across Colorado’s varied landscape are thousands of students who live many miles from their closest community college. For these rural students, online learning is not just a convenience, but a necessity. Small colleges in remote areas don’t have the funds to offer all the programs students want on-site, said Garcia. But in the CCC system, the price of learning online is “considerably” more than learning in person, said Garcia. Students who are Colorado residents pay a baseline of $148.90 per credit hour for traditional instruction at a campus. The price for online learning is $263.90 per credit hour -- a difference of just over $114. Some of the 13 colleges in the system charge students more. https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/30/high-price-online-learning-colorados-rural-community-colleges

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