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Adrian College recognized as an ‘Affordable College of Distinction’

Posted Tuesday, February 07, 2023
Author: Mickey Alvarado

Adrian College has received an Affordable College of Distinction award from Colleges of Distinction, a resource whose cohort of schools is selected based on the quality and breadth of hands-on experiences in lieu of the popular rankings model.

The Affordable College of Distinction award aims to guide cost-conscious students and parents through college financing. The national college resource guide noted that Adrian College stands out among the other Colleges of Distinction as one with notable financial costs and outcomes.

“We are both honored and excited to be recognized for what our enrollment management team aims to do every day and that is to offer a high quality education and rich campus life experience at an affordable price,” said Lori Kosarue, Adrian College Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Financial Aid. “In the short time that I have been at Adrian College, I have seen what makes AC stand out in higher education — a leadership, staff and faculty that are committed to educating and inspiring its students through active, creative and innovative experiences. We strive to be a trend-setting institution of higher education.”

“How to pay for college is a near-universal question at the top of new students’ minds,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “Adrian College has demonstrated to us that its students are graduating with manageable debt and careers that help them thrive.”

Fewer than 150 institutions have been selected as an Affordable College of Distinction, making Adrian College stand out among its peers.

“Our calculations look at a number of factors related to cost,” Schritter said. “It’s important for us to remember that not all students are coming from the same socioeconomic background, and so we have incorporated weighted variables that adjust for family income relative to net price.”

Colleges of Distinction’s methodology is informed by institutional data published by the U.S. Department of Education. Those on the list showed low net prices that were directly proportional to student household income.

Beyond net price, Adrian College was further recognized for its low median debt as well as its graduates’ mean earnings data on the Department of Education’s College Scorecard tool. Beyond net price, Colleges of Distinction also took into account the graduates’ median debt and mean earnings data. These were then controlled for each school’s location, size, public/private affiliation status, and percentage of Pell grant recipients, altogether earning Adrian College a spot among the most affordable.

“Our Affordable Colleges of Distinction are not just those with a low sticker price; they exemplify a solid return on a student’s investment.” Schritter said. “Adrian College has shown us that an engaging, real-world education doesn’t have to break the bank.”

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