Trend in US colleges offering bargain campuses

February 4, 2009

A number of US institutions are experimenting with cut-rate satellite campuses that would appeal to students willing to forgo the traditional college experience in order to save thousands of dollars. The Salem campus of Southern New Hampshire University, which charges $15,000 less tuition than the main campus, is housed in a brick office building, and its only amenities are computer labs, a vending machine, and a lounge with a chess board and a stack of magazines. With research showing students living on campus are more likely to graduate, some question whether the no-frills, commuter education model is effective. Boston Globe