PCC Partners with Catholic University to Offer Low Cost Economics Degree | Local news

  PCC Partners with Catholic University to Offer Low Cost Economics Degree |  Local news

And for the time being, the largesse of Tucson-area businessmen Jim Click Jr., Ross McCallister and Humberto S. Lopez — the trio raised a total of $402,000 — has provided additional $3,000 scholarships for students now enrolled in the program.

It costs under $10,000 a year, which isn’t much more than the maximum of $6,495 per year eligible low-income students can receive through the federal Pell Grant this year. However, students are not required to be Pell-eligible, or meet any type of household income threshold to enroll in the program. In comparison, the sticker price for in-state tuition at the University of Arizona is $12,384 and $11,338 at Arizona State University.

Highlights

  • The low cost may draw in students, but the promise of a job on the other side of graduation is another key motivator for reaching the finish line. Throughout the program, students get to work with successful entrepreneurs like Click Jr., who owns numerous car dealerships in Southern Arizona. He recently paid some students to run a business analysis for him.

  • “When I first heard about it, I thought it was kind of too good to be true,” said Layla Rodriguez, a second-year student in the program who aspires to work in the music industry. But then she started talking to the program’s advisors and they assured her that this is a real opportunity to get hands-on management experience without accruing massive debt. “I realized I could get this really prestigious degree for only a fraction of what I would pay at the UA.”