Ivy Bridge College Changes Tuition Structure to Incentivize Students to Go Full-Time

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The ground-breaking college decreases full-time tuition in order to help more students access and succeed in higher education.

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When Ivy Bridge made the tuition change it worked out. Basically, instead of graduating fall of 2013, I’ll graduate in spring 2013 and I’ll save over $7,000.

Christy Seals is a Northwest Arkansas native who leads an active and busy life. She restores homes, enjoys hunting and fishing, and when she’s not at the river noodling or helping the local cowboy on his farm, you can find Christy in front of her computer where she takes classes online with Ivy Bridge College. Until last week, Christy’s financial aid package only allowed her to attend college part-time. But now, thanks to the college’s revised tuition structure, students like Christy have the opportunity and incentive to attend school full-time, save on their overall college costs, and improve their chances for graduating.

“I wanted to go full-time so that I could get everything done, but I wasn’t getting enough [financial aid] to go full-time and cover my books,” explained Christy. “When Ivy Bridge made the tuition change it worked out. Basically, instead of graduating fall of 2013, I’ll graduate in spring 2013 and I’ll save over $7,000.”

Ivy Bridge’s summer 2012 semester will be the first to offer students who are taking 12 to 16 credits a 14% decrease in tuition. By making it easier to go full-time, the college is acting on current research to set more students up for success. According to studies such as the Time Is the Enemy report, sponsored by Complete College America, graduation rates for full-time students in two-year degree programs are double that of part-time students, and the longer a degree program takes, the more likely students are to drop out.

“Studies show that students who attend school full-time are more likely to complete their degree programs because there are fewer chances for unexpected life situations to step in and slow their path to graduation,” said dean of Ivy Bridge College, Jason Slone. “We know full-time isn’t an option for everyone, but the reduction in tuition encourages our students to make their education a main focus in their lives, and puts them in a position where that choice is possible.”

The new tuition structure is just one way Ivy Bridge College optimizes the pathway to a degree. Created in partnership with Tiffin University in Ohio, Ivy Bridge is America’s transfer college—an institution specialized in general education programs that allow students to earn their associate degree online, and then transfer to a four-year college or university to finish their bachelor’s.

The transfer pathway already opens the doors for students who want to save on their overall college costs. And Ivy Bridge’s seven-week course structure, college mentoring program, and facilitated transfer process work together to streamline the general educational experience and provide the academic foundation students need to do well when they move on to upper-division coursework. The change in the tuition joins the growing list of innovations that makes Ivy Bridge College a top option for students who are determined to earn their bachelor’s degree and receive the best return on their educational investment.

“Ivy Bridge is the bomb,” said Christy with a laugh. “It’s the best school I’ve ever attended and so far it’s the only thing that has motivated me. I think the tuition change is great. I love Ivy Bridge, you can’t get better.”

For more information on Ivy Bridge College or the institution’s tuition structure, contact Vincent Guerrieri at vincent(dot)guerrieri(at)altiused(dot)com or 415-655-8320.


About Ivy Bridge College
Ivy Bridge College is America’s transfer college, providing a direct path and support services for students to pursue an associate degree online, then transfer to one of over 140 public and private four-year partner institutions across the United States. Created through a joint venture agreement with Tiffin University of Ohio and Altius Education, Ivy Bridge offers students the personalized mentoring, academic foundation, and transfer opportunities they need to successfully transfer to the four-year bachelor’s degree program of their choice and complete their degree.

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