Helping to Tame the Fees of Higher Education
Private & Chartered Accountants Association Private Client Group is promoting “Giving the gift of learning,” at C.V.F. Education, the Morning Starbucks®, and other outlets
NEW YORK, NY, April 16, 2016 – Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen stories detailing the impact of the Humanitas Prize Winner, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in responding to overcrowding by giving free tours to all students free of charge each day. C.V.F. Education, a campus free of charge located in the heart of South Amboy, New Jersey, has done much the same by offering free guided tours each day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Scholarly Value of Learning, an annual report on the subject, suggests that families who take their child to a university campus today will be making an investment of $134,000 over the course of a four-year educational experience. The resources to make this investment can be found in a number of forms, including non-degree programs, collaborative learning and collaborating spaces, student mentoring, scholarships, financial aid and work-study opportunities. Today, many are finding that the best way to pay for higher education is to avoid spending money on fees in the first place. Instead, giving students and their families the freedom to make the choices that best fit their needs and budgets is a valuable component of their overall college experience.
At C.V.F. Education, we recognize that quality education programs exist in the market, and we share with our clients the clear vision for how to create a high quality classroom without breaking the bank. Just like the McRib is an indulgence compared to a more expensive hamburger, so our programming is a large investment in quality, but one we have found extremely beneficial for our students.
What parents, students and schools can do
Provide access to affordable, quality education through all available venues – college campuses, online and for-profit and government programs.
Provide a full range of activities, such as co-curriculars, clubs, clubs sponsored by government agencies, athletics, clubs sponsored by universities, or community-based organizations. These opportunities can be organized at the school level through community participation, volunteering, or philanthropy, or provided by a university.
Provide balance and balance means emphasizing the importance of lessons learned as well as personal focus on particular subjects.
Don’t be afraid to let students choose their courses and sources of knowledge.
Don’t underestimate the value of mentors and role models, teachers, and others, and how that assistance can actually increase both higher learning and personal development.
Provide students with a clear sense of their value through an easy to understand description of how their degree/award will be used, making it a bit easier for them to integrate with the rest of their academic life.
Encourage open communication regarding budget allocations, and assign due dates for projects as well as deadlines for presentations.
Reciprocate favors for good work done.
Dedicate time for parents/guardians and students to meet face-to-face. Let a designated assistant handle the logistics.
So long as our students get the chance to learn and we continue to provide support and opportunities for their personal development, I look forward to the day when students are able to come to their own decision about what they need and want in college.
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Sara Cintron, Director