"Sponsoring area residents realize that the academic and professional programming offered at North Country is both a sound investment in one's career prospects and a financially smart stepping stone to a four-year degree," said Fred Smith, interim president of North Country.
While area four-year college tuition will range from $5,000-25,000 next year, North Country anticipates tuition to be less than $3,700 for fall 2009.
Fall 2009 admission applications are also on the rise in comparison to this same time last year. North Country is currently experiencing a 9 percent increase in applicants seeking admission to the college with the two greatest areas of growth being among first-time (freshmen) and transfer students.
The fall 2009 semester will also mark the second year of the Essex and Franklin Scholar's Program which provides two years of free full-time tuition to all 2009 Essex and Franklin County public high school graduates who finish in the top 20 percent of their class.
"Given the tough regional, state and national economy, two years of free full-time tuition can be the deciding factor of whether a student attends college next fall or not," said Ed Trathen, vice president for enrollment and student services. "Ensuring that students in our sponsoring communities have access to the best quality higher education is the cornerstone of North Country's mission."