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NJIT Breaks New Ground With Online Tuition Break for Out-of-State Residents

NJIT will break new ground this summer with a new and affordable graduate online tuition rate for out-of-state students. “The new tuition will make it possible for students anywhere in or outside the U.S. to study full or part-time at NJIT,” said Gale Tenen Spak, associate vice president of the Division of Continuing Professional Education. Spak will manage the new program.

“This is a good opportunity to access programs which offer the right courses for the right jobs and which are taught at a nationally-ranked science and technology university,” Spak continued.

“The university established this new rate because of its commitment to helping professionals find and keep jobs during this turbulent economy. While many colleges now offer online programs, not all do so at a competitive, affordable rate and not all specifically teach subjects where there are opportunities for career growth and new jobs. This new program will make high-tech master’s degree programs and short-term certificate programs available to professionals anywhere in the world.”

The new rate will especially benefit out-of-state students who enroll only in online classes. The online graduate tuition fee for them will be on the average 16.5 percent below the out-of-state fee to attend classes on campus. While the tuition rate will not change for NJ residents and is identical whether students study online or in a classroom, this in-state rate remains less than the out-of-state rate. For more information about graduate online programs at NJIT, call in the US 800-624-9850, text online 35350, email online@njit.edu or please visit http://online.njit.edu.

You can also check your rate immediately with NJIT’s easy-to-use tuition calculator http://online.njit.edu/tuition/index.php which instantly displays real costs. Use another calculator http://online.njit.edu/tuition/gas-savings.php to understand how much in gas money you’ll save by studying online versus driving to campus.  

Another way that NJIT is putting affordability front and center for students is to provide them online access to up-to-date facts about ways to foot the bill of returning to school. The facts go far beyond traditional federal financial aid and student loan programs. For example, there is information about the new United States GI bill; and a direct link to US federal tax credits and deductions. Often the availability of these benefits especially for part-time graduate students comes as a surprise in April when  their tax preparer lets them know. However, students can’t wait until April to get what could be a pleasant surprise. Knowing that they could claim up to $4,000 in deductions for higher education could strengthen their resolve now to go back to school. 

Online education is the wave of the future. According to the Sloan Consortium’s 2008 Survey of Online Education in the United States, over 3.9 million students took at least one online course during fall of 2007; the 12.9 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.2 percent growth rate of the overall higher education student population.

As a science and technology university, NJIT’s online graduate programs teach what is relevant to and needed for today's enduring jobs in engineering, computing, new-media communications, and management of business, projects, construction, and emergency situations. In a recent ranking by U.S. News and World Report, NJIT placed sixth in the nation in online learning enrollments for graduate computing and engineering programs.

Having coined the phrase, "Virtual Classroom" in the 1970's with the first text-based, computer-mediated communication network, NJIT now has more than 30 years of experience in bringing quality education to a motivated learner's fingertips and does so flexibly, conveniently and rigorously. Moreover, the university takes a concierge approach to provide busy adults with supportive services that can be a key to successful online experiences especially for anyone new to studying online. And now, with NJIT's new affordable graduate online tuition, students from anywhere can have this experience.

With its 126-year history, NJIT is known for educating serious, career-minded students who graduate into well-paying careers. Available 30-credit online master’s degree programs include engineering management; information systems; and computer science. Others are management, business and computing; and professional and technical communication.

The slate of 2009 online 12-credit certificates include engineering soft skills; project management; construction management and data mining. Among others also available are management essentials, finance for managers, information systems implementation and international commerce.

At NJIT, the same professors who teach face-to-face also teach online and 98 percent hold the highest degree in their fields. Faculty’s previous experience as highly-respected practitioners from industry is appreciated and explains their preference to teach both theoretical and practical knowledge and to be responsive to online dialogue and questions. They are adept, too, in the online environment where students connect with them both anytime and in real time using rich Internet platforms and access course materials in multiple ways. These include podcast downloads from NJIT on iTunes U, mobile devices, streaming video, DVD or CD ROMS.

“An eLearning experience of this type offers another benefit,” said Spak. “Without even realizing it, and in the course of obtaining new professional knowledge, students get to perfect the use of the very same collaborative and computing skills, tools and systems that happen also to be the requisites for successful 21st  century careers. In a sense, then, eLearning and eWorking are converging to help individuals and their employers achieve and sustain a future of economic prosperity.”   

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.