Why Community College Might Be The Right Choice For You

“I can’t afford college.”

“I’m not sure what I want to study.”

“I’m not ready to leave home yet.”

Have you caught yourself using one of these or a similar phrase?

If you have, community college may be a good option to consider.

Here’s why:

  • Deciding on a major

If you are still undecided on a major, community college may be a good choice for you. Taking classes at a community college will allow you to explore different education pathways and complete a few prerequisites along the way.

While you can also achieve this at a university, community college has a much lower price tag.

If you are considering attending a specific university after community college, speak with an advisor to determine which classes will transfer.

  • Saving Money

As discussed before, community college is significantly cheaper than attending a university and may be a more realistic choice for students on a tight budget.

Institutes for higher education often charge by a ‘per credit hour’ rate (keep in mind that classes range anywhere from one to six credit hours.)

The difference in these rates varies from school to school, however, universities tend to be a bit more expensive compared to community colleges. For example, my university charges around $350 per credit hour, whereas the community college near my hometown only charges $84.

Attending community college may also cut out accommodation, gas, and furnishing expenses university students face when moving away to college.

If you do not want to spend a fortune on your education, completing two years of pre-requisites and then proceeding on to a university is always an option. Consult with a college advisor on your options before doing so.

  • A Good Transition

Leaving home for the first time is tough and some students may just not be ready for it right out of high school. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t attend college right away.

Plenty of students are able to stay at home and attend community college.

This is a good transition because you are able to adjust to college coursework without the stress that comes with living on your own for the first time.

Also keep in mind that if you really aren’t ready to leave home, you may not do as well at a university away from your home.

Whether you are considering a community college or a university, always remember that if you are interested in furthering your education, don’t let anything hold you back.

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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