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ABAC saves your education money

College can be very expensive, but we have some very affordable options in our own back yard.

One of those schools is Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. The school was recently named among the U.S Department of Educations most affordable colleges.

There is no denying how expensive college can be, but there are a handful of four year colleges in Georgia that offer a great deal to students. One happens to be conveniently located in Tifton.

For Kevin Vantrees, choosing to go to college at ABAC was a no brainer. "If I'm speaking for my family I would say price would be top."

The beautiful campus won him over, but the low costs reeled in him *AND*his parents. "There are really not a lot of things you have to pay for. A lot of the things you pay for you pay for up front."

A far cry from some of his friends who chose to go to some of the more expensive universities in Georgia. "They come to me and say 'Man I have to pay $20,000 a year for school even with them being in state.' When I tell them I only had to pay $8,000, they say 'Wow man I should have thought about that.' "

According to the U.S Department of Education, ABAC is one of the most affordable four year colleges in the state.

"Small institutions like state colleges like Abraham Baldwin is one of the most affordable and high value institutions in the state," said ABAC President Dr. David Bridges.

Tuition and fees for the 2009 to 2010 school year came to $2,696, well below the national average of $6,397.

And affordability combined with a four year quality education continues to pull more and more students in.

"We are on a glide path to continue to increase the number of students who come here with the intention of receiving a baccalaureate degree," Bridges said.

Dr. Bridges says they constantly look at all aspects of the enterprise to try to keep affordability where it is.

ABAC has plenty of seats open for fall semester. Fall classes start on August 15th.


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