Citing a report by a student-run organization, Salon reported on Wednesday that in the past two years, the cost of the college website development and publishing costs in the United States has fallen by more than 70 percent.
The site development and production costs have also dropped by nearly 50 percent over the past six years.
In other words, it’s not only student applications that are driving down costs of college websites.
The article further reported that “more than 40 percent of all applications submitted for the top 100 online colleges and universities are in the U.S. due to a surge in applications from college students who are looking for better options for online learning and jobs.”
According to Salon, the surge in student applications is one of the main reasons why the costs of developing and publishing a website for a major college is dropping.
And the article quoted a college admissions officer who said that the current rate of online college applications has been “pretty steady.”
The article continued, “So if you look at the number of online applications that were submitted in the last six months, it was about 1.4 million in the first six months.
Now, that is down by about 40 percent.
And in the coming year, the number is likely to fall further, but I think it is likely that we will see the number fall as well.”
The Salon article cited the National Association of College Admissions Officers (NACAA) as stating that the cost per student to publish a web page on a major online college has declined from $1,200 to $800 in the six months following the September 2016 release of the College Scorecard.NACIA also reported that the average price for a website developed for a student’s major college has decreased by about 80 percent in the same time period.
The NACAA report also noted that the number and cost of applications for a top 100 major online colleges has decreased over the last five years.
This is due to an increase in students applying to college.
According to the NACIA report, the average cost of a student applying for a college was $2,500 in 2018.
However, the article noted that in 2020, it had dropped to $1.25 million.
In other words the cost for publishing a college website has dropped by about 50 percent in six years and the number for students applying for college has dropped 80 percent.
Salon also noted, “The number of college applications is also dropping, but the number being submitted has dropped even more dramatically.”
In the end, Salon concluded that the “costs for publishing college websites have dropped substantially over the course of this decade.
The number of applications has fallen and the cost to publish has dropped.”