Mention: How to trim the bite off college costs

“Another option is a program like American Honors, a Washington, D.C.-based community college honors program that blends online programs with on-site work at seven two-year community colleges. Begun in January 2012 and now enrolling some 700 students, American Honors emphasizes academic performance as well as focused preparation toward moving into a four-year program. American Honors students, who pay between $4,500 and $6,000 a year (which includes the cost of community college tuition), have been accepted at Stanford, Amherst, Penn and other top-tier schools. And while the program can save students tens of thousands of dollars, co-founder Chris Romer says it’s also designed to help them better manage an intimidating dual challenge: “Planning your coursework and transfer at the same time can be daunting"