Although community college isn’t for everyone, it is a great way to save money while working toward a degree. There are many good reasons to consider starting out this way instead of going to a four year college immediately.
Costs – Community colleges are considerably less expensive than most 4 year colleges.
Live at Home – If you can continue to live at home while attending school, you can save money on room and board.
Keep Your Job – If you already have a job, you may be able to keep working there while attending classes.
Improve Your Grades – If your grades were less than stellar in high school, community college gives you a chance to redeem yourself enough so that you will be able to transfer to a good university.
Individualized Attention – Universities are known for large lecture halls with hundreds of students. If you need more help, it may be difficult to get it. Classes at community colleges tend to be smaller.
Experiment – You can spend a lot of time and money figuring out what you want to do at a university. Graduating in 4 years is no longer the norm. Attending a less expensive community college will give you the freedom to try classes you are interested in without shelling out big bucks.
Get the Basics Out of the Way – Every degree program requires a certain amount of basic classes. Taking these at community college where you can get help if needed makes sense.
Grow Up – People mature at different ages. Perhaps you’re not ready to go off on your own. Instead of starting out at a big school away from home, ease into it by attending community college.
Try It Out – If you’re not sure if you want to go to college, attending a university and dropping out is an expensive way to find out.
One further point: If you intend to transfer from community college to a 4 year school after one or two years, make sure that your classes will transfer. Counselors are available to assist you in this, so don’t hesitate to use them. Many community colleges are affiliated with 4 year schools, which makes the transition that much easier.