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How do 2 + 2 programs make my money go further?

How do 2 + 2 programs make my money go further?

May 02, 2018

Together with affordable tuition at UA-PTC, attendance costs can be held down by securing scholarships and grants through the college’s financial aid office. But if you’re looking to get a bachelor’s degree, starting at UA-PTC will make your college money go much further.

Families can significantly reduce the cost of a four-year bachelor’s degree by taking advantage of the Metro 2 + 2 Degree program, a new collaborative agreement between UA – Pulaski Tech and University of Arkansas Little Rock.

The Metro 2 + 2 Degree program is a re-engineered articulation agreement between the two institutions. Students complete their first two years at UA-PTC in one of four degree areas and then transfer to UA Little Rock for their final two years. They can choose among 44 bachelor’s degrees in the agreement.

Tuition costs and fees are significantly lower at two-year colleges. Nearby commuter campuses allow students to continue to live at home, eliminating the added cost of dorm living.

 “The Metro Degree is specifically designed to help families and students streamline a quality, four-year degree,” UA-PTC Chancellor Margaret Ellibee said. “What’s new and exciting about this program is that we worked together with UA Little Rock to refine the transfer experience to be seamless and foolproof in very specific ways. That includes removing obstacles to success that also increase costs, like classes that don’t transfer.”

College debt and college graduation is a concern for parents, students, and colleges alike. Another way for students to reduce college costs is to apply for scholarships, grants and financial aid. The UA-PTC office of financial aid works hard to ensure that students know what is available to them and what the ramifications of college debt are. The importance of not taking on unmanageable debt is given the highest priority. In 2016, UA Little Rock awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to students who transferred from UA-PTC. Private scholarships available through the UA – Pulaski Tech Foundation are another important source of aid.

“The UA -  Pulaski Tech Foundation administers numerous scholarships that are enormously helpful to students who qualify,” said Shannon Boshears, Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the UA-PTC Foundation. “Private scholarships are available as add-ons to other aid received, and of course every dollar helps.”

In addition, UA-PTC has numerous transfer agreements with other Arkansas colleges and universities, including University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Central Arkansas, Henderson State University, Harding University, and more. For a complete list of transfer agreements, go here: https://www.uaptc.edu/transfer

Many private scholarships are available through the UA-PTC Foundation. See the complete list of UA-PTC Foundation scholarship opportunities at www.uaptc.edu/foundation/foundation-scholarship-opportunities.

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College provides access to high-quality education that promotes student learning and enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential.

Through university-transfer curriculum, workforce training, and economic development initiatives in business and industry, UA - Pulaski Tech offers many exciting opportunities to get a competitive edge in today’s job market. The college offers associate of arts and science degree options, including programs in allied health and human services, aerospace technology, business, culinary arts, information technology, technical sciences, as well as continuing education and community services. The college awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to graduates of the university-transfer program, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency.

With tuition priced at $130 per credit hour for in-state residents, UA - Pulaski Tech provides an affordable, student-focused path to success.

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