News Release

Dalton State Among Least Expensive Four-Year Colleges in the Nation

June 15, 2012

Belltower in the autumn

Dalton State College has again been named one of the nation’s most affordable four-year colleges on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency List, moving several notches up the list from its position last year.

The College is named among the top 10 percent of four-year schools for lowest tuition and fees and also for lowest net prices which is, according to the DOE, the average price of attendance that is paid by full-time students after grants and scholarship are taken into account.

The lists are based upon data collected during the 2010-12011 Integrated Postsecondary Education System data collection cycle, the most recent data that have undergone the full National Center for Education Statistics data review process. The College Affordability and Transparency List was introduced last year by the Department of Education and can be accessed at

Dalton State appears 28th among the top 65 four-year colleges with lowest tuition and required fees ($2,522 compared to national average of $6,669) and 21st for lowest net price ($3,645 compared to national average of $10,471). Total cost of attendance includes tuition and fees in addition to books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses, such as transportation.

“We want to arm students and parents with the information they need to make smart educational choices,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Students need to know up front how much college will actually cost them instead of waiting to find out when the first student loan bill arrives. These lists are a major step forward in unraveling the mystery of higher education pricing.”

“We are delighted that Dalton State appears on the affordability lists again, demonstrating that a Dalton State education remains a great value,” said Dr. John Schwenn, President of Dalton State. “We are proud that when our students graduate, they leave not only with a college degree, but also without excessive student debt. That’s very important to us.”

“When you couple our low tuition and fees with the quality of the educational experience our students receive, we think we’re hard to beat – anywhere in the country,” he said.

“Consider the fact that our class size is small (20:1 for the time covered in the report), that all our classes are taught by faculty and not graduate students or teaching assistants, that 59 percent of our faculty hold the doctorate degree, and that our professional Schools are accredited by prestigious organizations such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (School of Business), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (School of Education), and the Council of Social Work Accreditation (School of Social Work).

“We know that our affordability is a key reason students choose Dalton State,” Dr. Schwenn added. “Low tuition and fees make college education accessible to more Georgians. We work hard to keep a Dalton State education within the economic grasp of most families.”

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