Palm Beach State College to offer $10K bachelor’s degreeby John Kennedy | December 5th, 2012
Palm Beach State College became the 12th college Wednesday to accept Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge to create a bachelor’s degree students could get for $10,000.
Scott issued the challenge last month, copying a program in place in Texas for more than a year. Some critics have dismissed the idea as a gimmick — but Scott said the $10,000 degree is needed at a time many students and Florida families are struggling with mounting debt.
“This is great news for Florida students,” Scott said. “The more affordable we make college degrees, the more Florida families will benefit and be able to get a great job.”
Palm Beach State College officials said they will develop an assessment survey examining program costs and job demand for new graduates.
Twenty-two of Florida’s 28 state colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines, with nursing, information technology and business management courses among the most popular for the almost 900,000 students in the system.
Palm Beach State’s four-year degrees, are currently limited to business supervision and management, information technology and nursing. They can cost $13,200 over four years, roughly the state average.