One of the primary issues in higher education today is weighing the rising cost of an education against the advantages of a college degree. Although success in the workforce usually requires a college diploma, the ability to pay for college is a challenge for many students. The average tuition cost for the 2017-2018 academic year was $20,770 for public schools and $46,950 for non-profit private schools. However, according to the Social Security Administration, the average salary in 2017 was just $48,251.57. Compounding the problem is the fact that despite the rising cost of higher education, well-paying job opportunities are diminishing. The end result is that many recent college graduates are underemployed and saddled with crippling student loan debt. As Forbes reports, “More and more young Americans who have their college degrees are unable to find jobs they couldn’t have gotten straight out of high school – or maybe even while still in high school. They’re often struggling with large college debts.” As of 2018, a total of 44.2 million borrowers owed a staggering $1.5 trillion dollars. Minorities, in particular African-Americans and Hispanics, are disproportionately affected by the United States’ student loan debt crisis.

I founded California Southern University more than forty years ago in response to the problems I saw in higher education. I envisioned a university that would be accessible to students, regardless of age, ethnic background, or location. I resolved to put students first and keep tuition costs affordable, with little or no burdensome debt. Today, California Southern University is a vibrant online community comprised of students of all colors, creeds, religions, and national origins. CalSouthern has students in more than 85 countries, and exposure in 120 different nations. What all these different students have in common is the fact that CalSouthern is helping prepare them for the careers to which they aspire with low, affordable tuition, and payment plans that allow them to graduate debt-free with a college degree. This is how California Southern University provides students outstanding and cost-effective education. This is a CalSouthern Difference.

University Founder & President Emeritus

About Dr. Donald “Doc” Hecht — Doc is an Educator, University Founder, and President Emeritus writing and discussing the trends and challenges facing higher, online, and distance education, among other topics. Please feel free to comment, make suggestions, or ask any questions! You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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