Adirondack colleges join forces to reduce cost of higher education

May 16, 2017 | News

Two area colleges signed an agreement last week enabling all past and future North Country Community College graduates to enroll at Paul Smith’s College at a significantly discounted tuition rate. The agreement reflects both colleges’ commitments to attract and retain students and alumni in the region.

NCCC graduates who enroll at Paul Smith’s full time would pay no more than $8,000 per year in tuition under the new Tuition Scholarship Program.

“We’re excited to collaborate with North Country Community College on this program,” said Cathy Dove, president of Paul Smith’s College. “The partnership is an example of how public and private colleges can work together to benefit the entire region and make college affordable for its residents. NCCC attracts excellent students who fit in perfectly at Paul Smith’s. This agreement provides them with a convenient and affordable option to earn their bachelor’s degrees while remaining in the area.”

“We are proud of this new initiative because this collaboration between NCCC and Paul Smiths College is another example of our two institutions’ working together to increase access to a higher education credential,” said Steve Tyrell, president of North Country Community College. “A number of current NCCC students and recent alumni have already reached out to us about attending Paul Smiths College for their baccalaureate degree. Paul Smiths College is recognized as one of the finest private colleges in the Northeast region; so what better way to reward our graduates than with the opportunity to attend Paul Smiths College!”

Graduating students and current NCCC alumni should email or call 800-421-2605 to learn more about the program.

About Paul Smith’s College
At Paul Smith’s College, it’s about the experience. We are the only four-year institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs – in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences – draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information, visit

About North Country Community College
As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, we offer educational, cultural and recreational programs and experiences to a 3,500 square mile service area with 90,000 inhabitants. Each year, students enroll at our three locations in Saranac Lake, Malone, and Ticonderoga from every region of New York, New England, and countries around the world. We are proud to offer a progressive and individualized education to suit degrees, certifications and foundational credits along with and individual experience. Living and learning here provides our students with the benefit of attending one of State University of New York’s most unique colleges.



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