Enrollment at community colleges goes up when money gets tight. Tuition in community college on average is less than half that of public universities and less than 1/10 that of private colleges, so the reason is simple. Students at community colleges often live at home, so they also save on room and board. Studying at a community college for two years and then finishing at a reputable four-year college makes a lot of sense. Where you finish school matters much more than where you start after all. Those two years at community college can run into the snags outlined below, however, when not done carefully. Some four-year colleges are very particular about what classes they will accept from a community college. A Writing I class in community college may not place you out of Writing I at a four-year college, so college curricula are not standardized. Transfer credits can be particularly tricky with more specialized classes. Don't assume credits will transfer. Find out if credits will transfer before you begin the classes in community college in case you know what four-year college you want to transfer to. In case you are transferring to a private college that does not have any transfer agreements with your community college, this is particularly important.

The hidden cost of communtiy college

A many, many students won't finish a bachelor's degree after two years in a community college and two years at a four-year college in truth. It may take more than two years to complete your major requirements after transferring in case you have taken nothing but introductory courses at community college. Also you may find you have more than two years of class work to complete in case all of your community college credits don't transfer. It is not unusual for students to find that they need to pay for three years at the four-your college, not two. Bye-bye cost savings. Communicate with the four-year college early and plan your community college courses carefully as with the previous example. Also, you can take summer courses to catch up. This issue is connected to both of the above examples. That's a year or two when you don't have a full-time job in case it takes you more than four years to complete your bachelor's degree. It's a year or two of spending money, not making money. It's another year of tuition, another year of student loans and another year of going into debt rather than paying off debts. In case you graduate in four years that's $25,000 you're making, not spending even if your first job earns only $25,000. The best way to save money in college is to graduate in four years whether or not you go to community college. Plan your courses carefully, and take as many classes as you can manage in both community college and at the four-year college and also work hard. Students taking eight classes a year may end up spending over $1,000 on books.