By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Ed Intern
DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rowan College of South Jersey and Rowan University have joined together to create a new virtual platform for students to get their bachelor’s degree at an affordable price.
This new program is called Rowan Partnership Online (RPO). Essentially, the two universities are teaming up to create a virtual campus that makes getting a bachelor’s degree more affordable and accessible to a wider range of people. Incoming freshman students are able to get their associates and bachelor’s degrees from RCSJ and Rowan University, respectively, at a cost of $36,000. During these unprecedented times, this ultimately helps ease the stress of a massive student debt.
RPO launched on July 1 of this year. This online program will offer bachelor’s degrees in computing informatics, construction management, entrepreneurship, human resource management, management information systems, and psychology. It will serve as a third campus of RCSJ, which was established last year when Cumberland County College and Rowan College at Gloucester County merged.
“RCSJ is proud to unveil its third campus in Rowan Partnerships Online,” RCSJ President, Frederick Keating said in a release. “We have considered the interests of our students, the needs of the business community, and the possibilities offered by technology, and we have responded with a more affordable and convenient online degree pathway that addresses all concerns.”
Students are able to complete their associates degree in two years and their bachelor’s degree in the following two years. The cost of tuition for the first two years is based on the community college’s rate, and completing a bachelor’s degree in the final two years which is billed at the university’s rate. Although the program is flexible and manageable, there are deadlines that are mandatory to follow.
You can find more information about RPO here.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.