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To the editor:
"Once a Leader, U.S. Lags in College Degrees"
declares a headline of the July 23, 2010, New York Times. Indeed,
the United States now ranks 12th among 36 developed nations in the
number of 25- to 34-year-olds with a college degree. This "education
deficit" represents a threat to our nation's well-being and economic
competitiveness for the next generation.
Lincoln College recognizes the reality of these difficult
economic times. With the economy floundering, financial resources
are scarce. Yet education may be more important than ever before in
providing a brighter future for individuals and our country.
Right here locally, Lincoln College would like to announce that
it is responding to these difficult times by reaching out to
potential students with important opportunities and information
regarding its bachelor's and associate's degree programs.
First, we would like to share with those who wanted to attend
college this fall but could not, that you can enroll in the term
beginning in January 2012. Lincoln College offers a full slate of
classes and programs in the spring term to meet the needs of both
new students and those who already have some college credit. At
Lincoln College, students experience small classes and the personal
attention and support services necessary to achieve their
educational goals. To follow up on this opportunity, simply contact
the admissions office at either campus of Lincoln College by calling
217-732-3155, ext. 252, for the Lincoln campus or 309-268-4314 for
the Normal campus.
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Second, beginning in the fall of 2012, the college will implement
a revamped tuition and fee structure. We have learned that many
prospective students and parents are discouraged from attending
college as a result of the "sticker shock" encountered when first
reviewing tuition and fees. In addition to the considerable
financial assistance Lincoln College offers in the form of
scholarships, the college will reduce its cost on the Lincoln campus
from $23,000 per year for tuition and required fees to $17,500 per
year. At the Normal campus, the cost will decline from $23,000 per
year to $16,500 per year. While the final cost of attendance will
vary somewhat based upon the individual circumstances of each
student, Lincoln College will represent one of the most affordable
private education choices available in the state of Illinois.
Finally, to keep a Lincoln College education affordable, we will
also guarantee tuition and required fees for four semesters. That
is, once a student enters the college full time, that student's
tuition and required fees will not increase over the next four
semesters. Because of its already low cost, summer term is excluded
from this guarantee.
We at Lincoln College would like to thank all of those who have
supported us over the years, including our current students, our
alumni, our employees and community supporters of our fine arts and
In closing, if you are looking for an educational opportunity
that is local, if you are looking for a supportive environment to
help you succeed, if you are looking for an educational institution
that truly cares about you, and, if you are looking for a brighter
future, then look no further than Lincoln College.
President of Lincoln College
October 14, 2011]
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