With summer just around the corner, students are preparing for finals and soon after, a few months of time away from the classroom. For some however, summer is used as a time to get ahead in credits or to play catch-up.
“I’m taking summer courses and the reduction in cost would definitely benefit me because I can take more classes that I need in order to accomplish my goals,” Sidney Ribeiro, junior graphic design major, said.
Recent changes to the cost of undergraduate courses have reduced the cost-per-credit by nearly 50 percent. As advertised on Cabrini’s website, students will be able to spend their summer with their favorite professors — “face-to-face or virtually” and now at a bargain.
“Lowering the cost of summer classes will definitely help to raise enrollment,” Lillian Hurley, communication major and marketing minor, said.
Students are allowed to enroll in six credits at $250 per credit. Any additional credits proceeding will cost $495 per credit.
Taking advantage of summer courses can also decrease the workload a student has from year-to-year. An average course usually earns an individual three credits. Theoretically, this creates the opportunity for a student to take two courses during the summer, not including any additional credits at the $495 rate.
“Let’s say if you’re spending the summer down the shore but you still want to be taking classes, there’s a lot more online classes that you can take,” Dr. Jeffrey Gingerich, associate provost, said.
With a decreased workload, stress levels among students will decrease.
“If stress is constant and unrelieved, the body has little time to relax and recover,” according to Victoria Tennant from Johns Hopkins School of Education. “The stress button keeps getting pushed, continually releasing stress hormones when we don’t need them, putting the body into overdrive.”
High stress levels can be crippling to a person’s well being.
“Stress disorders can result such as: high blood pressure, headaches, reduced eyesight, stomachaches and other digestive problems, facial, neck and back pain,” Tennant wrote.
The decrease in the price for summer credits opens the door for students lacking the deep pockets usually required to pay for summer credits.
“It’s all about helping our students get through to graduation,” Gingerich said.
Reducing the prices of summer tuition has the possibility of helping students achieve their college goals in a quicker and inexpensive fashion. It is a very simple goal that the college is trying to accomplish.
“Anyway we can make it easier and more affordable to them, that’s what we want to do,” Gingerich said.