Everyone recognizes the problem of the increasing cost and diminishing returns on a college education. There are steps that anyone can take to reduce cost and increase effectiveness.

“We’ve got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt.”

Barak Obama

For potential college students these resolutions have some merit.

Be it resolved: If my high school has dual enrollment opportunities with a community college or university, I will use them and attain high school credits and university credits simultaneously. This may seem like rushing things but many 16 year olds are capable of college work. Usually dual enrollment courses are free and if they articulate with a senior institution, in your chosen field of study, you can save $1,000 per course, maybe double if living costs are considered. An Orlando Sentinel story by Erica Rodriguez, chronicles the efforts of Max Rock dual graduation, from high school and community college concurrently. A 50% reduction in the cost a bachelor’s degree could be realized.