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Chipola College Takes On Governor Rick Scott's $10K Degree Challenge

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Chipola College in Jackson county is joining other institutions across the state in taking on Governor Rick Scott's degree challenge. He's asking four year colleges to offer bachelor degrees for no more than 10,000 dollars.

After Vice President of Student Affairs at Chipola College, Dr. Jayne Roberts got word of the proposal, she looked at students who went through their A.A. and bachelor degrees. Out of Chipola College's 7 bachelor degrees, the one Dr. Roberts says would meet the challenge is "the most popular one," says Roberts.  "That is the Elementary Education Bachelors degree."

Dr. Roberts did the math and says a student who pursues an Elementary Education Bachelors degree and is "college-ready," pays within $10,000. She says "college ready" means "they [students]  don't need remedial classes, or development courses, they don't deviate from the plan, they know exactly what they want to take," explains Dr. Roberts.

But when you add in fees, the elementary education bachelors degree costs $10, 389.

However, being able to offer all bachelor degree programs within the 10K range is challenging. "The nursing degree would not be possible because you need an A.S. and an A.A. and then get the B.S. degree, and that's the way the degree is designed for nursing," says Roberts.

Dr. Roberts says they require more credits and prerequisites and most likely lab fees as well.