Switching Majors Is Adding Time and Tuition to the Already High Cost of College
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
As a freshman, Erin Crowley had no idea what she wanted to do. She eventually declared a major in psychology and a minor in art. Almost two full years in school, however, she switched her major to accounting.
Only through an exhausting regimen of night school, on top of a heavy schedule of six daytime courses per semester, has the daughter of a single mother managed to avoid the extra time and tuition it would have taken to stay in school for more than four years.
Crowley is among the lucky ones. Although almost none of them expect to, nearly six in 10 students in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees do take longer than four years to graduate, even further increasing that financial burden, and forestalling the careers they often need to pay for it.