Cost of college may be too much for parents and students 

Prominent Jesuit Launches New Catholic College-Credit Online Program

by Christine Schicker Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Christine Schicker 404-610-8871 or

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24—As students head off to college and high schoolers begin deciding what university they want to attend, parents are calculating the cost of higher education. Their conclusion? Costs are escalating out of control. Consider:

• In 2009 tuition and fees at a private, four-year college averaged $26,273 per year. That’s more than $105,000 for a four-year degree.
• In 2020, if recent trends continue, four years of education at a top-tier university will cost $330,000.

As a result, some parents and students already are carrying unsustainable levels of debt.

A viable solution is available! Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio, founder and editor of Ignatius Press, a former student of Pope Benedict XVI and longtime leader in Catholic higher education, is launching a groundbreaking, international college-credit program for Catholic high school students, homeschoolers, and others.

The program, called the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (, is a joint project of Ignatius Press and the Angelicum Great Books Program, a longstanding provider of homeschooling and other liberal arts resources. Father Fessio serves as Chancellor of the new online LSP program, which begins this fall.

“Many good Catholic families are blessed with talented children, but the costs of four years of private college are simply beyond their means,” Father Fessio notes. “Or they don’t want their children to be burdened with tens of thousands of dollars of debt when they graduate.”

The online program provides high school students, homeschoolers and others with the solid foundation of a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition – and at an affordable cost. Enrollment is booming as home-schooling parents and students, as well as non-homeschoolers and even Catholic high schools, learn of the benefits of this special online and distance mode of Catholic higher education.

“Great Books education is central to the Liberal Studies Program,” Angelicum Academy President Pat Carmack observes. “It takes its inspiration from the philosopher and renowned educator Dr. Mortimer J. Adler, the former editor-in-chief of the ‘Encyclopedia Britannica’ and the ‘Great Books of the Western World.’ Adler called for a reform of American education, which included providing many high school students with a college-level education in the liberal arts.”

Fidelity to the teaching of the Catholic Church is fundamental to the Liberal Studies Program. The Venerable Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, guides the program’s understanding of its Catholic mission.

For more information about the Liberal Studies Program or to schedule an interview with Father Fessio or Pat Carmack, please contact Christine Schicker with The Maximus Group at (404) 610-8871.


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