“The amount you can ‘save’ depends on many factors,” said Racquel Bernard, a former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth and currently master admissions counselor at H&C Education Consulting, a college admission consulting firm. “Often, the cost difference does not exist. Students often pay the same amount just within a more condensed period of time. They may ‘save’ by skipping the fourth year, and therefore, missing the fourth year of increased tuition costs (given the overall upward trend in tuition costs for U.S. colleges).”