Third Most Affordable Bachelors Degree

US Department of Education: Colorado Mountain College offers third-most-affordable bachelor’s degree in nation


Colorado Mountain College was named the nation’s third-most-affordable college for obtaining a bachelor’s degree, in a report from the U.S. Department of Education. It is the only institution in Colorado listed among the country’s most affordable four-year institutions.

“We have always known that Colorado Mountain College presents an extraordinary value, so being recognized as offering the third-most-affordable bachelor’s degree in the country confirms that students at CMC are financially smart and receive a terrific advantage compared to their peers,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of the college, which boasts seven campuses and 11 learning locations spread across the central Rocky Mountains. “With national student debt reaching $1.3 trillion and more jobs requiring a post-secondary degree or certificate, students and families are acutely aware of the importance of an affordable, high-quality education.”

On July 1 the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education College Affordability and Transparency released its annual list comparing the affordability of public and private colleges and universities, sorted by whether institutions grant four-year, two-year or less than two-year awards and degrees.

Based on 2013-14 tuition levels, CMC ranked third in the United States for lowest tuition among public four-year institutions, behind Dine College and Haskell Indian Nations University. The institutions ranked first and second are both tribal colleges. According to the Department of Education list, Colorado Mountain College is the most affordable general (non-specialized) public four-year institution in the nation.

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