FOUR BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Attending a community college for the first two years can be especially beneficial because a lot of your personal growth and maturation occurs the first few years after high school. During this transition, you'll learn time management and motivational skills. You'll also learn how to juggle multiple responsibilities, persevere through tough challenges, and develop self-discipline. You can learn the same lessons at a four-year university, but there are many more distractions that can take your focus away from academic and personal growth. At a community college, it’s often easier to learn how to be a good student.
1.) OPTIONS – It gives you a chance to explore your options. Some students know what career they wish to pursue before they even graduate from high school. Then there are some students who still aren’t sure which career option is right for them after a full year of college. By enrolling in a community college program, there is more of an ability to explore different career options because the classes are far cheaper than they are at comparable institutions. If you’re not sure what your major should be yet, a community college is your best bet.
2.) COST – It is much cheaper to attend a community college. The most obvious reason that students attend community college is for the financial advantage. Many community colleges cost less than two thousand dollars each semester to attend full time. Attending community college gives students the chance to prepare for the financial demands of a 4-year university if they plan on transferring. Compared to the price of tuition at in-state public universities, students can save 50% or more on their educational costs for the first 2 years of their undergraduate degree. When compared to private colleges or universities, students at a community college might save up to 90% on their tuition costs.
3.) FLEXIBILITY – Community colleges usually have flexible schedules. If you attend a “standard” college or university, then your class schedule typically follows a 9-5 day, much like a job would. That can make it difficult for you if you're planning on working part time to help pay for your tuition costs. Many students don't realize that if they plan on working while attending school, community college is hands down the best option. They offer far more night classes than other universities and more schedule options, making it easier to earn the credits each semester within a schedule that works for you.
4.) TIME – You'll get extra time to choose the right college. Some students have their choice of college or university dictated to them by scholarship. Others may have multiple options and be unsure of which institution to attend. Instead of forcing the choice and potentially going somewhere that does not meet your needs, you can choose to go to a community college instead. Instead of spending thousands of dollars at a private university towards a major that you are less than sure of, consider attending a community school while you are making your decision. Classes cost less, so you will have the opportunity to explore interests that you might not have otherwise pursued. That gives you time to select a university that meets your expectations right curriculum for your major.
Isabelle, community college can be a perfect choice for you if wish to save money and reduce your dependence on student loans. It’s also a good way to help you ease into college life and build a successful learning strategy before they transfer to a bigger – and more expensive – university.
Hope this was Helpful Isabell
John recommends the following next steps:
- Create Your College Road Map. Do you ever get on the freeway to drive to an unknown destination?
- Create Your College List. Now that you have your map, you can start the creative process! You can begin construction on your college list.
- Research Deadlines, Applications, and Costs. Colleges all have different requirements, deadlines, costs, etc. Create a system to keep track of everything.
- Apply! Submit your applications well in advance of their due dates.