The history of court reporter training can be traced back to 3500 B.C., when Sumerians, who realized the importance of preserving spoken thoughts and notable speeches, created one of the world’s first careers. Scribes were employed to record historical and factual data for reference, and the first shorthand system was invented in 1200 A.D.

New York Careers Institute’s (NYCI) Stenotype Court Reporter Associate Degree program is filling a very real need for more professional court reporters. One industry report cited by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) says there will be a nationwide shortage of court reporters by 2018. Students now seeking court reporter training are already ahead of the career curve!

Another variation of court reporter training is closed captioning for the hearing impaired. As our Baby Boomer population reaches senior citizen status, age-related hearing loss is rising and the need for broadcast captioners has increased dramatically.

In addition to the Stenotype Court Reporter Associate Degree program, New York Career Institute is the only area school that offers professional Hearing Reporter certification, also known as Live Event Captioning or Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). If you’re fascinated with the world of television or sportscasting, this might be for you!

Court reporter training leads to a higher-paying career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the states with the greatest need for court reporters are Texas, Maryland, New York, Florida and California. Not surprisingly, New York, Texas and California are among the states offering the highest wages, from $61,950 to $88,420 annually.

You could be working your way towards that salary as soon as 24 months from now, depending on your class schedule.

Can I afford court reporter training?

The answer is, “Yes, you can!” You may qualify for grants that do not have to be repaid and easy-to-pay-back loans for students with the drive to succeed. Remember, with a higher-paying court reporting career, education loans will be paid off more rapidly than with other careers.

The Stenotype Court Reporter Degree requires 72 credits of study and the cost depends on many different factors:

  • The number of classes you elect to take during each term
    • This program is a two-year associate degree; it may take longer, depending on your schedule, so the costs will vary from student to student.
  • Supplies
    • Cost for your books per-term may actually be lower than you expect, as you have the option to purchase your textbooks new or used, or even rent the textbooks. There is a one-time enrollment fee of $50 and a per-term technology fee of $50 per student. You also have the option to purchase or rent your steno machine. If you choose to purchase, a shorthand machine and tripod can be estimated at $1,775 and last you the length of the program. There’s no one-size-fits all, so your admissions advisor will work with you to decide which options are best for you for purchasing books and equipment.
  • How your program is financed
    • If your tuition is set-up on an automatic payment plan, you can arrange for payments to be made monthly.
  • Student loans and grants – The next semester (term) is just around the corner! It’s time to research funding opportunities for your Stenotype Court Reporter Associate Degree.
    • Pell Grant – this Federal program is based on financial need and does not need to be repaid. This year, for example (now through June 30, 2016), a maximum of $5,775 is available to eligible students.
    • TAP (New York State Tuition Assistance Program) – TAP also does not need to be paid back. Depending on when you apply, your TAP award can be as high as $4,000 per year.
    • Federal Work Study Program – There are a limited number of part-time jobs on or near the NYCI campus to help pay the cost of your education while you are enrolled at NYCI.
    • Stafford Loan – This Federal Direct Student Loan is available to most students and the interest on the loan may be subsidized to lower your costs.
    • Parent PLUS Loan – Parents of dependent students may be able to borrow a Federal Direct Student Loan to finance the full cost of your education. Eligibility depends on a good credit history, but even with a bad credit history, if an endorser supports your parents’ financial stability, this loan may be available.

As you can see, if court reporter training is a career you’re interested in pursuing, there are many avenues to paying for schooling and earning a reputable degree.

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