Community college president makes the case for Stark State’s fit in Akron

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By the numbers, cheap college makes sense in Akron, where Stark State is making room for 5,000 students when its $14 million campus opens on Perkins Street in the fall of 2018. Federal grants for some low-income residents — of which there are plenty in Akron — cover nearly half the annual cost of the commuter college’s two-year degree and job certificates. Stark State “aggressively” steers students away from debt. Less than half of students at most community colleges, including 43 percent at Stark State, take out federal loans.The Jackson Township community college has enrolled 500 students at a temporary site on White Pond Drive in Akron. The plan is to double enrollment by the fall, a full year before the permanent home in Akron opens near State Route...

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