At Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Brookdale Community College and Georgian Court University (GCU) formalized an agreement that will result in a tuition savings of up to 52 percent for Brookdale graduates who maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) upon transferring to GCU.
Beginning next fall, Brookdale graduates from any year will be eligible for the discounts, which will vary depending upon the student’s GPA. The agreement builds upon an existing partnership between the two institutions. It guarantees admission to all academic programs offered at GCU’s Lakewood campus, as long as students have completed the prerequisite courses and satisfied specific entrance requirements for particular programs.
Dr. Maureen Murphy, president of Brookdale, and Dr. Rosemary E. Jeffries, president of GCU, both emphasized the importance of the continued partnership between Brookdale and GCU.
“This agreement continues our commitment to creating opportunities that make higher education both accessible and affordable,” said Murphy. “The attainment of an associate degree under the dual admissions program will provide our graduates with a seamless transition that keeps them on track to earning a bachelor’s degree within two years.”
Courtney Griffin, a 2013 Brookdale graduate currently pursuing a degree in medical imaging and a minor in biology at GCU, explained the value of graduating before transferring to a four-year school.
“It’s not just about transferring to a four-year college,” Griffin continued. “You need to graduate with your associate degree. Brookdale encouraged that. They encouraged us to graduate and move on. There is so much value in getting your associate’s first and then moving on to a four-year school. The cost savings and the accomplishment of completing the degree are just two examples.”
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