Reasons to Consider Community College (page 2)
Community colleges are rapidly becoming the "college of choice" for many recent high school graduates, as well as older students. Why? Because today's students want and need an accessible and flexible high-quality education at an affordable price. Community colleges offer just that.
Community college isn't the right choice for everyone, but there may be one or more good reasons why community college might be the right place for you. Consider the following benefits:
- It's a great bargain. You can't beat the low cost of community college. A public community college's annual tuition and fees are about half those of public four-year colleges and less than 10"15 percent of those of private four-year institutions.
SNAPSHOT: Igor Levine, a graduate of Montgomery College (Maryland) who is now studying economics and political science at Columbia University, says, "Going to community college made economic sense to me. I came here when I was 14 from Moscow to play the professional tennis circuit. I had what is the equivalent of a high school diploma. As I grew older, however, I realized I needed more education to succeed, but four-year college here is expensive. I knew I could save a lot of money by going to community college so I enrolled. I've been fortunate because I got into the the College's Macklin Business Institute honors program with a scholarship. My grades and extracurricular activities got me into Columbia."
If you live at home, you can also save money on room and board. Financial aid can help you graduate with no or low debt. If you want to go on to four-year college, but don't have the money yet, attending a community college can help you cut back on expenses and earn transferable college credits until you have the funds to make the switch.
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