Is it really worth the time and money to go to college? You bet it is! Just look at the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics if you’re not sure. The average unemployment rate in 2013 for people with only a high school diploma was 7.5 percent while the unemployment rate for people with an associate degree was 2 percent lower at 5.4 percent. In 2013, the average weekly earnings for people with an associate degree was about $130 more than those with only a high school diploma.
You have options!
Not everyone needs a bachelor’s degree to be successful, but everyone does need some higher education to compete in today’s job market. With a Skills Certificate from State Fair Community College, graduates gain a set of specialized skills that can lead to quick employment. The number of required credit hours varies because courses are limited to a specific set of skills and many can be completed in one semester.
Earning a Skills Certificate is also a great entry point to a Professional Certificate. One-year professional certificates are designed to get you into the workforce quickly and can be applied toward an AAS degree if you decide to continue your education.
Investing a little more time and money in an AAS degree, which usually takes two years to complete, is another great option. SFCC offers 34 AAS programs that lead to high-demand, good-paying careers.
Choosing SFCC is a smart path to a quality, affordable education and a brighter future. The cost of tuition should not stand in the way of getting a college education; that’s why SFCC works on keeping costs low, helps students apply for financial aid and awards about $700,000 a year in scholarships.
By far the best buy
SFCC’s tuition is significantly lower than that of most four-year Missouri colleges and universities. Based on SFCC’s 2013-2014 tuition rates for 30 credit hours, an in-district student would save $4,559 and a Missouri resident would save $3,569 by attending SFCC rather than attending a Missouri public university. The savings would be even greater compared to attending a Missouri private institution. You get more for your money at SFCC.
Where there’s a will,
there’s a way!
Financial aid makes it possible for many students to turn their education and career dreams into reality. About 74 percent of SFCC students receive some type of aid; the average aid package was $5,524 in 2012.
When you’ve decided to join us at SFCC, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov at the same time you complete the SFCC admissions application. Enter SFCC’s federal school code 007628 on the form. In a few weeks, you’ll be notified by SFCC’s Financial Aid Services office with your results.
Financial aid is money provided by federal, state and institutional sources to help students meet college expenses. Financial aid may include paying for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and some living expenses. SFCC participates in many federal and state student aid programs for which you may be eligible, such as Missouri’s A+ program.
SFCC Financial Aid Services staff can answer questions, walk you through the application process and give you information about scholarships for which you could be eligible.
SFCC provides a payment plan and an online payment center to make it easier for you. This is not a loan program. You have no debt; there are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. Visit www.sfccmo.edu/paymentplan for details.