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Should I go to community college first to save money?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior and I've been thinking about college costs a lot recently. With tuition fees rising, I'm wondering if it might be a better idea for me to attend community college for a couple of years to save money, then transfer to a four-year university. Are there any downsides to this strategy? What should I consider before making this decision? Any advice from those who have taken this route would be so helpful!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking about college costs early. Going to a community college first can definitely save money, but the decision ultimately depends on your educational and career goals, as well as your personal preferences.

Before going ahead, consider the following factors:

1. Academics: Community colleges may have fewer programs than a four-year college, but they often offer strong foundational courses, making the transition to a university smoother.

2. Transfer Opportunities: Research the transfer policies and agreements between the community college and your target four-year university. Some have excellent partnerships, making transferring credits easier.

3. Campus life: Be aware that attending a community college might not provide the full college experience (extracurricular activities, sports, etc.). If that’s important to you, weigh this in.

4. Financial Aid: Check if enrolling directly into a four-year college would make you eligible for more financial aid. Sometimes, it can offset the cost difference.

My child started at a community college and transferred to a state university after two years. They've had a positive experience, saved money, and didn’t face any academic setbacks. It's all about finding the right fit for you, so make sure you spend some time researching and reflecting before making a decision. Good luck!

9 months ago

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