Seminole State helps you get a bachelor’s degree without the big price tag

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Written by: Seminole State Staff

"Go to college,” they said. “Get a bachelor’s degree,” they said.

From high school counselors to well-meaning parents, they just want the best for you. After all, unlike your parents’ warning that you could get stuck making a funny face forever, the benefits of a bachelor’s degree aren’t just folklore.

A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that unemployment rates and levels of educational achievement share a direct correlation. Unemployment rates are lowest among the higher educated population and highest among the least educated population. Statistics show that those with higher levels of education had higher job security as well as higher median weekly earnings with each educational benchmark achieved.

The difference between categories showed a jump even when comparing an associate degree holder to a bachelor’s degree holder. Those who earned a bachelor’s degree showed an unemployment rate of only 2.2% and higher median weekly earnings of $1,198.

The College Board’s Education Pays study from 2017 found that a college education not only benefits your pocketbook but is also an indicator of healthier behaviors and greater civic involvement.

While the benefits of getting a bachelor’s degree may be measured and clear, there’s one thing that is often left out of the discussion: the fact that getting a four-year college degree is much easier said than done. It’s not only difficult to get admitted; it also requires a significant investment of money. A single year of tuition at a four-year university can range from $9,410 per year for students attending in-state public universities to $32,410 for those enrolled in private colleges. Additionally, full-time students are usually expected to take a minimum of 12 credits, or about four classes, per semester. When you include study time, the commitment amounts to a minimum of 36 hours per week.

Yet there are still educational institutions that are committed to helping students attain a bachelor’s degree on their terms. At the forefront of this effort are public colleges that not only offer discounted tuition to state residents but also operate robust transfer programs. These initiatives consist of a partnership between a state college and a four-year university; students spend two years at the state college and, as long as they maintain a benchmark GPA, are guaranteed admission as a transfer to the local four-year university.

One of the schools that best understands the challenges of attending a four-year university is Seminole State College of Florida. With seven bachelor’s degree programs, as well as partnership programs with both the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Florida Online (UF Online), there’s a path to a bachelor’s degree for every student and circumstance.

Depending on what you’re interested in studying, Seminole State’s bachelor’s degree programs may offer an affordable and accessible solution. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in select high-demand careers including nursing, construction, information system technology and more. Seminole State offers students small class sizes, personalized instruction and flexible class schedules. Best of all, at an average of $3,131 per year, the annual cost of tuition and fees at Seminole State is less than half that charged by other state universities, including UF Online, FSU and UCF.

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Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.  #SSC #GoStateGoFar