The United States boasts about having exceptional higher education, even in its community colleges, but at what cost? A striking number of university students finish their education with crippling amounts of debt. For others, expenses get so high that they cannot even make it to graduation. There’s a disproportionate number of young adults who consider higher education to not even be worth their time at all, as they know they will not be able to balance it with a full time job, and in some cases having to pay for children. The expenses do not just come from high tuition either, which is why even in a relatively affordable community college, finding the money to pay for education in New York City, one of the most expensive cities in the world, can be extremely daunting.
However, these challenges have not gone unnoticed, which is why City University of New York (CUNY) has begun investing in finding ways to make community college more manageable and affordable than it has been for all too many years. It’s called the Accelerated Study Associate’s Program (ASAP) and it’s run by CUNY, which has nine colleges located in all five of the city’s boroughs. With the following initiatives, it is expected to increase the number of graduates substantially.
MetroCards: On top of high tuitions, travel has proven to be a deal breaker for many a student. In New York, everything is pricey, from the food, to the clothes, to the commute. A monthly metro pass will run the average New Yorker around $120, give or take. That’s a little under $1,500 a year. With ASAP, community college students are given free unlimited metrocards, effectively cutting out that expense from their lives entirely.
Textbook Vouchers: In addition to the travel expenses, buying books can run a bill sometimes to absurdly high numbers. Many students resort to making photocopies, but this can prove to be a frustratingly tedious and time consuming endeavor. And when one also has a family to attend to, spending extra hours simply to make copies can be discouraging. Not anymore. With the ASAP, books will become much more affordable.
Accelerated Courses: Another big setback to obtaining a degree is the time commitment. Giving up four years of your life, spending massive amounts of money without the promise of a return on investment hardly seems worth it. With ASAP, students will have the chance to get in and out inside of three years, thus preventing the big spending from going on for too long.
Managing a workload seems doable at first, but for many, the bulk catches up by the end of the semester. All of a sudden, it’s exam time and you have no idea what to even study for. Thanks to the ASAP, you’ll have some extra money to put toward maximizing your educational experience. With Big Apple Tutoring, NYC education can be a far more profitable investment. Big Apple will help you keep things in order and ensure that you have a solid understanding of the material long before crunch time. For more information, give them a call at 212-479-0830 today.