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Importance of Affordable Education

by Parinitha Marnekar

“The Silicon Valley economy is subject to rapid change, both in terms of what types of industries dominate and what kinds of knowledge and skills are required.” In Higher Education and Silicon Valley (Johns Hopkins University Press), co-authors W. Richard Scott and Michael W. Kirst argue that nothing is a better example of higher education's complicated relationship with the locality it serves than what is seen in the San Francisco Bay Area. - Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed

The Bay Area is one of the few places in the United States that requires adults, 30 and above, to continually learn new skills. There is also a high demand for the employees to re-certify even if they possess considerable work experience and postsecondary education. This is due to the constant shifting sands in the political, economic and social trends. When there is a need to keep improving on yourself with new skills market, one of the better investments is to attend graduate school.

Many employees in large companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are looking for a way to attain professional knowledge business insights y but are constantly discouraged to enroll in universities because of affordability. According to FinAid.org, the average cost of the master’s degree for students is between $30,000 and $120,000. The cost varies depending on the university and the master’s program itself. Although many universities offer financial aid, scholarships or payment plans for these students who want to stay on top of their professional game, there are also many who turn away from considering higher education due to other priorities such as family, health, and work.

ITU prides itself over being one of the more affordable universities in Silicon Valley. We are constantly improving our curriculum, reviewing industry trends to identify skills that are in high demand, and expanding our breadth of new technologies and tools used in the classroom. Our tuition is 27% less compared to other universities in the area and all California resident receive a 25% tuition discounts. We also offer merit scholarships to help you pay for school.

We know that not everyone has the time to enroll for full-time or part-time school but we do have a solution for you. Enroll in our non-degree courses in any department under our Open Campus enrollment. Once accepted, you can take courses in Digital Arts, Engineering Management & Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Business Administration, Software Engineering, and Information & Cyber Security. ITU’s non-degree courses work similarly to vocational skill programs or boot camps such as Coursera and General Assembly. Students can choose their topics of interest and enroll for the course. This can be done without the hassle of going through the admissions process.

Consider applying for one of these courses today at ITU: https://www.itu.edu/admissions/non-degree-programs