Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Is Harvard worth $50,000 if it's only online? That depends on who you ask
A very difficult choice to make to start a new freshman year at one of the most prestigious universities, Harvard. The oldest institution of higher learning in the US announced that their new fall classes will be held online. Freshmen can choose to be on campus just in the fall semester but will take classes from their dorm rooms. They can also attend the same online classes from home. Each option costs $63,000 and $54,000 respectively. In other words, you’ll pay $9,000 just to live in the dorm for a few months, where you’ll have limited and smaller-scale chances to interact with other ambitious students, though there may not be as many foreign students as previous years. Is it worth paying the full tuition for online-only courses in the first place? Will $9,000 bring about a good return on investment? If you think neither is a viable option, there is another. You can choose to take a gap year before starting a freshman year hoping to enjoy full benefits of the prestigious Ivy League university with classroom courses, face-to-face interactions with the faculty members and fellow students.
For those who are enrolled in Harvard, this is going to be their first case study to figure out the return on investment and to make a decision.
Enjoy reading the article and think about which option you would choose if you were to study at Harvard.https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/23/success/harvard-online-cost-student-decision/index.html