Traditionally, enrolling in college meant that students would be expected to pay one price for their tuition, and then a bunch of other fees for their books, course materials, equipment, etc.
The sad reality is that due to the escalating costs of getting a college education, many students have been forced to either put their academic aspirations on hold or abandon them completely. After all, according to a report, 44 million borrowers currently owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.
However, Hocking College recently stepped up to offer financially-challenged students a straight forward alternative way to pay for college in the form of their new all-inclusive course fee model.
What does all-inclusive pricing mean?
All-inclusive is defined as, "including everything." At Hocking College, that means that our programs and certificates have a price listed on our website that includes everything. What does this mean for students? It means no surprises, no hidden fees, and (most importantly) no fine print.
What expenses will Hocking College’s all-inclusive pricing cover?
Tuition and Fees
Previously on our website, students were expected to calculate their own tuition and course fees that lived on various parts of our website.
Now, students have can view the total price for each semester and for the entire program directly from the Course Curriculum tab on our majors page.
Previously, textbooks and supplies were an additional expense where we estimated that a student might spend $1,500 a semester. What we found was that some programs were spending that, but others were spending significantly more which caused a financial burden for our students because it was an unexpected expense that they had to pay.
Now, textbooks are factored into the all-inclusive pricing for the course, thanks in part to a partnership with Cengage Unlimited, which allows students to access their course materials online or request a printed copy at no additional cost.
Tools of the Trade
Are you thinking about studying Culinary Arts? Before, students in that program were expected to purchase a $215 knife kit in order to begin classes. Firefighting? Those students were expected to spend about $2,700 on equipment. Automotive? You were expected to bring your own tools.
What we found was that these types of "tools of the trade" were becoming increasingly harder for our students to budget for, so we decided to make it just a little bit easier. Any item that a student would need in order to start their career in a job in that industry is now included in our pricing.
About Hocking College
First chartered by the Board of Regents in 1969, Hocking College is a community college in Nelsonville, Ohio. Currently, Hocking offers more than 60 associate, vocational and certificate programs. The college is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers majors in the following departments:
- Allied Health & Nursing
- Arts, Business & Science
- Natural Resources
- Public Safety
- Workforce Development
In addition to providing students with remedial skills, Hocking College also offers them the hands-on job experience they’ll need to excel in their chosen field.
Additional benefits of choosing a two-year college include:
- Lower tuition rates
- Lower transportation costs
- Students can still live at home
- Students can work part-time
- Students can obtain the skills they need to enter the job market much sooner.
- Most two-year schools have partnerships with four-year colleges that allow students to pursue their bachelor’s degree at a discounted rate.