Trine working to save Schererville students on education costs

2012-08-15T14:46:00Z Trine working to save Schererville students on education costsContributed by Lindsay Winslow-Brown nwitimes.com
August 15, 2012 2:46 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Trine University’s School of Professional Studies is off to a rolling start and making changes to save students money, officials announced recently.

Changes could mean thousands of dollars of savings for many Schererville students. The university strengthened 12 degree programs by reducing the number of required credit hours per degree, saving an average of over $1,500 per student.

Trine’s Schererville Education Center will further the savings by allowing each new student to take his or her first class for free. Beginning this fall, adult students will not pay tuition or book fees for their university experience course, which is required in all degree programs. This change represents another $1,000 savings in tuition and book fees.

Schererville students can also take advantage of the school’s policy on transfer credits, which, with no expiration dates and credit for life-long learning, shortens the time to degree completion and decreases the amount of debt post-graduation.

“While our adult learning population continues to grow in Schererville, it is important that we provide new and engaging opportunities for these students,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “By providing flexible education models, we can help our students earn their degrees in a cost-effective, timely manner.”

The school’s adoption of eTextbooks in 2011 also shows that School of Professional Studies students throughout the tri-state area saved nearly six figures in just one year.

“We are committed to making an affordable, quality education attainable for working professionals,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “We are continually evaluating our programs and degrees to make sure they are viable and that they will lead to our graduates finding jobs in their field of interest.”

Schererville students can also now start degree programs on one of 12 start dates, rather than waiting for two to three months to begin pursuing their educations. The process, commonly referred to as a rolling start, allows students to begin a new program near the first of every month. Research shows that adult learners who decide to continue or pursue a degree want to start classes as soon as possible and institutions offering rolling start dates and quick application review are often more likely to meet adult students’ work and life needs.

The School of Professional Studies’ mission is to provide quality, continuous higher learning opportunities for adults who want to begin or advance in careers, enhance lifelong learning, and keep pace with the growing complexities of today's world. For more information on Trine’s School of Professional Studies, email edge@trine.edu.

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