User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


16° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Private Schools Fear Enrollment Drop

January 6, 2009, 5:01 PM by Katie Janssen

Private Schools Fear Enrollment Drop
Private colleges everywhere are closely watching the numbers, to see just how the economy is impacting enrollment. But officials say you don't have to forgo a private school education and are trying to make it easier than ever for families to afford one. 

The average private college tuition in the U.S. is around $35,000 a year, and some families are having a hard time justifying the cost. Private school enrollments nationwide are down. 

At Augustana College in Sioux Falls, the story's a little different. 

"We hit our fall enrollment numbers, which was very exciting, and we're on target for spring. We're not 100 percent we'll be right where we budgeted, but we think we'll be close,” Vice President for Enrollment Nancy Davidson said. 

Davidson says it still doesn't help the perception that private school is unaffordable, especially when times are tough. 

"I think families just assume they're going to have a lot more debt if they choose a private college. The reality is that private colleges all over offer merit scholarships and need-based assistance, that really helps," she said. 

Davidson says the economy is definitely having an impact on how far away students are willing to travel from home to go to school. 

"Part of it, they're indicating, would be travel costs, there may be a few who live at home to try and save," Davidson said. 

Schools themselves are trying to help. Augustana is even offering an incentive for students who file early with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA: the chance to win $400 toward one semester's worth of books. 

Davidson says families need to take the time to apply. 

"I know it's one more step and one more process, but I think it's worthwhile for them to see if they qualify," she said. 

Davidson also says the enrollment office has received a lot more questions about scholarships earlier on in the process.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

One Person Dead After Three-Vehicle Crash Near Brookings

11/15/2014 1:20 PM

One person is dead and three others injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
Name Of Person Who Died In Deadly Crash Released

11/16/2014 1:35 PM

Authorities have released the name of the person who died in a crash on Interstate 29 near Brookings on Saturday.

Full Story
New Charges Filed Against Faith Rasmussen

11/19/2014 4:59 PM

She's already admitted to running a large marijuana ring, now Faith Rasmussen is accused of arranging a deadly robbery.

Full Story
SF Teen Surprised By Garth Brooks

11/19/2014 2:17 PM

A legendary country music star gives support to a Sioux Falls family while their teenage daughter was in a Minneapolis hospital last week.

Full Story
New Indoor Racing & Recreation Business

11/19/2014 10:05 PM

For about four months out of the year, people in the Sioux Falls area can go go-kart racing and play mini golf.

Full Story | Watch


Events