By Emily LevensonThe president of a state college in Pennsylvania recently launched a campaign to save students $500 on their first year of college.
“It’s going to cost $50,000 for your first year,” said Jerry Wieland, president of the University of Pennsylvania.
“If you want to be a good student, you’re going to have to save up $50 thousand a year.”
Wieland’s campaign is not the first time Pennsylvania has come up with creative ways to help students with college tuition costs.
Last year, Wielinand’s university began to charge a fee to students who applied for a degree in social work and social work education.
The fee was designed to help cover the cost of the coursework and the student was told to save $50 in tuition and fees to cover the fee.
But Wielan says his college is still seeing significant increases in the number of students applying for degree programs in social works and social workers.
“This is a great example of the need for more support in helping people with college,” he said.
Wielinands campaign is a small part of a broader effort by some colleges to help lower-income students with tuition costs through scholarships and financial aid.
According to the College Board, tuition for private, public and community colleges in the United States is set to reach $6,100 for the 2016-17 school year.
Thats a 37% increase over the previous year.
The increase has led to the largest drop in tuition for the past decade.
In 2014, tuition was $4,988.
Wolland says he hopes his campaign will help some students who are struggling to pay their tuition.
“A lot of times it’s the families that are in the most trouble,” Wielot said.
“You’re going back and forth between your parents, your grandparents, the people that are still with you, you get to the point where you just can’t afford to pay $50 or $60 a month.
I think it’s important to try and make it a little easier for them.”
Wollany says he is also hopeful that his campaign can help some colleges increase the number who apply for financial aid and scholarships, which can help alleviate some of the cost pressures on students.
“I think we can all do better in helping our community, particularly in the area of financial aid,” he told the AP.