Average student debt for graduates of the class of 2011 was $26,600, but only $6,811 for graduates of Dalton State. The report can be accessed online at projectonstudentdebt.org.
“We know that our affordability is a key factor for students who choose Dalton State,” said Dr. John O. Schwenn, DSC president. “Affordability is essential to access, and we are committed to making college education as accessible as we can to as many students and families as possible. This report is validation that we are on the right track.
“We want our graduates to be as productive as possible right out of college,” he said. “The last thing we want is for them to be shackled to a large amount of student debt that keeps them from building a successful future.
“More than ever, in these tough economic times, we know that we offer an outstanding value: a high quality education and collegiate experience at a very reasonable cost. We’re proud of that,” he said.
For the last two years, Dalton State has been named in the top 10 percent of public four-year colleges on the U.S Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency List. The college is named among four-year schools for lowest tuition and fees and also for lowest net prices which is, according to the DOE, the average price of attendance that is paid by full-time students after grants and scholarships are taken into account.
The lists are based upon data collected during the 2010-11 Integrated Postsecondary Education System data collection cycle, the most recent data that have undergone the full National Center for Education Statistics data review process. The College Affordability and Transparency List was introduced last year by the Department of Education and can be accessed at collegecost.ed.gov.
This year, Dalton State students pay $1,866 per semester in tuition and fees (based on in-state tuition, 15 credit hours per semester).