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The Lookout | October 19, 2021

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3+1 makes sense, saves dollars

3+1 makes sense, saves dollars
The Lookout

Jeremy Kohn
Co-Editor in Chief

Are you currently an LCC student who wishes to obtain a four-year degree, but don’t wish to pay the excessive costs of a four-year university?

The 3+1 degree program may be the perfect solution to your problem.

The 3+1 degree program allows LCC students to obtain a four-year degree by transferring to a university after completing three years of LCC education.

Four-year universities that have an articulation agreement with LCC include Northwood, Davenport, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Siena Heights and University of Detroit Mercy.

LCC offers diverse fields of 3+1 study: accounting, management marketing, nursing, criminal justice, dental hygiene and fire science.

Director of the University Center Patty Spagnuolo spoke about the convenience of the program’s lower tuition.

“Typically a baccalaureate degree is 120 credits, so a student could take 90 credits at LCC and then take those last 30 credits at that college or university that has an agreement with LCC,” Spagnuolo said.

“If you averaged it out, let’s say a college or university is $500 a credit; you could see why there would be a huge savings at LCC,” Spagnuolo added.

Spagnuolo encourages students who are interested in learning more about the 3+1 program to talk to an academic adviser.

“The LCC advisers are very helpful in that they work with a lot of the four-year institutions, and they can guide the students in what schools to transfer to,” Spagnuolo said.

Graham Berke, an LCC student pursuing a science degree, spoke about how the 3+1 program allowed him to structure classes to fit his own pace.

“I have eight more classes required for graduation; five Ferris State classes here at the University Center and three at LCC,” Berke said. “I have been progressing through my degree by taking two classes each semester while paying tuition out of pocket. This will allow me to graduate debt-free in 2015.”

Students can visit to learn more about the 3+1 and LCC articulation degree agreements.