By Seth Morin
Spring is just around the corner and summer classes are beginning to fill up.
But there is something different about classes this summer at Franklin College: the price tag.
Classes will now cost students $200 per credit hour, instead of $400. Housing will still cost $300 during each session.
The cost for housing in between the end of the spring semester and beginning of session one will be $100 with the month of August set at $200.
“We noticed that the enrollment in summer classes at the college had really begun to decline in recent years,” said David Brailow, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college.
But that does not mean that there will be fewer classes. Brailow said he expects the same amount of classes to be offered.
He said Franklin just could not compete with the likes of Ivy Tech Community College when it came to class costs.
Now, Brailow said he thinks Franklin could have the upper hand as students will now have professors that really care about what they are teaching and how the students are doing in class.
Senior Rosette Nkulu has taken summer classes at Franklin before and thought the options were limited during the time.
“I paid more than $2,500 just for 8 weeks of summer school,” Nkulu said. “There were not many options or fun classes either.”
That is something the college is hoping to offer more as time goes on.
“We want students to not only be able to take classes they are required to take, but to also take classes that they want to take,” Brailow said.
And with the lowering of the prices, the college is expecting – or at least hoping – enrollment for summer classes will go up.
Administration does not expect to see an immediate change but hope to see an increase as the years go by, Brailow said.
“I think that the addition of new classes would benefit and motivate students to learn more over the summer, especially now that the rate per credit hour has been reduced,” Nkulu said.
Nkulu said that taking summer classes offers some big benefits to students.
“This will allow you to not only graduate on time, but also to have a lighter load your senior year or opportunities to study abroad,” she said.