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61 Schools in Alabama Match Your Criteria

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    Virginia College-Montgomery

    Montgomery, AL
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,483
    Years Accredited
    7 (2007)
    Student Population
    1,081
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
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College Costs

The cost of tuition for colleges and universities in Alabama has been steadily rising for both private and public institutions. This can be partially attributed to general inflation, but a major culprit is the decrease in state spending on higher education. In fact, Alabama's higher education spending declined 28.4% between the 2008 and 2013 fiscal years, making it the state with the fifth sharpest dip. In turn, colleges and universities raise tuition costs to fill the increasing gap left by decreased state support.

College Enrollment

Enrollment in Alabama colleges and universities has steadily increased. Alabama\'s enrollments have been on par with the national average, seeing a surge in enrollment during the recession and a gradual increase afterwards.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • Alabama's CollegeCounts 529 Fund: This type of plan is a savings account with tax advantages, where collected funds can be used at eligible colleges and universities for tuition, books, supplies, and costs associated with enrollment. This acts as an investment program, and Alabama residents may be eligible to forgo the upfront commissions costs and fees.
    • The Alabama Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA), beyond their mission to advance the opportunities of Alabama's fin aid professionals, is committed to keeping Alabama's students and parents informed of resources and options that will help them manage the cost of a college education. AASFAA also awards their own scholarships and holds annual conferences.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • College Goal Alabama: Part of the larger College Goal Sunday project, volunteers will help students and families complete their FAFSA forms. Aid is typically offered in major cities every February and March.
    • Alabama REACH: Run by the University of Alabama, REACH aims to help current and former foster youth, orphans, wards of the state, homeless, and emancipated minors enroll in and complete a college education. Candidates must apply to be part of the REACH program.
    • Blueprints College Access Initiative: This program connects low-income high school students to mentors, who are often current college students themselves. These mentors guide the high schoolers through the college admissions process, and prepare them for college learning in general through workshops and campus visits.
  4. Higher Education News

    • AL.com: This major news source for Alabama regularly covers breaking news at major college campuses across the state.
    • Education Week: This national publication gives users the option to focus on state-specific updates.

Higher Education in Alabama

Alabama Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 47% Alabama
      Graduation Rate
    • 20.3 ACT Alabama
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Alabama

  • AL US
    Public 2-Year
  • AL US
    Public 4-Year
  • AL US
    Private 4-year

Alabama Institutions

  • AL US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • AL US
    Public
    Institutions
  • AL US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • AL US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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