University program offers discounts

NASHUA – The local campus of Southern New Hampshire University is offering a program this semester that allows some students to take courses at a 60 percent discount.

The Advantage Program is a new full-time day program that will give up to 40 students the chance to take classes at a cost of $278 per credit, significantly lower than the university’s regular rate.

The program is being offered at the Manchester-based university’s Nashua and Salem satellite campuses beginning in September. Each campus will admit up to 20 students, between the ages of 18 and 22. The students in each group will take the same classes.

In the program, students can take general education courses required for a bachelor’s degree. The program maxes out at 72 credits, enough to earn an associate’s degree. That equals out to a cost of $20,000 to earn an associate’s degree over two years.

Karen Goodman, director of the Nashua campus, said it’s a good opportunity for those interested in higher education to get their foot in the door. It could be especially helpful given the current student loan crisis, she said.

“For most colleges in the area, it’s a bargain,” she said.

After earning their associate’s degree, students can choose to pursue their bachelor’s degree either at Southern New Hampshire University or they can transfer to another institution, Goodman said.

“(The program) could be for students who kind of started in the whole college application process a little late or felt they didn’t want to go away to college right now,” she said.

Goodman said the program differs from the typical evening and weekend courses in that the Advantage Program courses are 12 weeks long with classes taking place in the morning.

Students are assigned to classes, as opposed to having the ability to choose their own classes, she said. Some of the classes available include English, communication, history, math, science and psychology.

Students would have extra time with instructors for tutorial support, Goodman said.

“This helps in getting them used to the college environment and getting used to the people,” she said.

There are still some openings at the Nashua campus, Goodman said.

She said there is the possibility of another group of 20 students being admitted in January. The program runs in three trimesters, the first starting Sept. 22 and running until Dec. 12.

Anyone interested in applying at the Nashua campus, at 546 Amherst St., should call Goodman at 881-8393. Anyone interested in applying to the program at the Salem campus should call director Linda Richelson at 893-9600.