College Costs: A Model that “Works”

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Chloe Jaudes, a College of the Ozarks senior from Morrisville, Missouri, re-pots a plant at the college’s greenhouse. Photo credit, the Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer

If your university is struggling to solve concerns about affordability, enrollment, and competition from public higher education, then this article is worth your time. College costs, student debt, and sustaining enrollment are three of the most pressing concerns in higher education today.  Amid the outcry for “free college tuition,” a more sensible model is gaining traction.

The Work College Model embraces the concept of a “hand up” rather than a “handout.” At a work college or university, full-time students work campus jobs to cover a major portion of their tuition cost.  The program is an expanded form of the Federal Work Study program and allows most students to graduate debt-free. Work colleges traditionally operate from a lower tuition structure thus maximizing the buying power of the federal, state, and institutional financial aid resources.

The Joplin Globe recently featured College of the Ozarks, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, as one of the most successful Work Colleges.  Read about their success here.

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