Types of Schools

Public vs. Private Colleges and Universities

In the United States, public and private universities are generally regarded as having similar academic standards.  One of the biggest differences is cost.  Private colleges and universities tend to cost more, but many private colleges have endowments and can offer more scholarships than their public counterparts.

Proprietary or “for-profit” schools

Proprietary schools are "for-profit" institutions run by private individuals or corporations. Many such schools not only offer non-degree vocational training, but also bachelors’ and masters’ degrees.  With accelerated programs, the ability to gain credit for work/life experiences, convenient schedules and locations, and flexible admissions standards, proprietary schools can seem quite appealing. They generally cost more than their public counterparts and do not usually discount tuition, as some private universities will do. Good programs provide state-of-the art equipment, qualified instructors with good work related experience, and job placement assistance. 

While many private vocational and for-profit schools are reputable, there are still some that do not have the student’s best interest at heart. Their main objective might be to increase profits by increasing enrollment and thereby promising more than they can deliver. 

It’s important to do your homework and eliminate those schools that are not reputable and trustworthy. The Massachusetts Department of Education’s article: “How Do I Choose a Proprietary School?” provides excellent tips to guide you through the process. Visit: http://license.reg.state.ma.us/public/schools/students/consumer_bulletin.html.   

Schools Providing Military Discounts

There are accredited schools that offer a wide selection of convenient, flexible degree programs that may fit your busy lifestyle and even accommodate military relocations. Discounts for military spouses are sometimes available at various colleges and universities. Some schools only offer discounts for online courses, while others are available only in specific locations. Contact the school you are interested in to find out if they offer discounts.

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