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Benefits of Going To Community College

Last updated July 2, 2024

Attending community college is an excellent way to learn, discover your educational interests, and earn a degree or credential. For some, it can be a stepping stone to transfer to a four-year college, but for others, it can be a start to a great career. No matter your academic or professional goals, there are many benefits of going to community college. We share just a few!

Save money

Classes at community colleges are typically much more affordable than at four-year colleges; some states and cities even offer programs that make community college free! In some cases, students attending community college live with their families, which also helps them cut down on other expenses associated with attending college, like room and board, groceries, and utilities.

Although community college is a more affordable option, the cost may still be steep for some students. Luckily, there are plenty of financial aid options available to community college students. Students planning to attend community college can complete the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms to strengthen their chances of receiving different forms of financial aid, like scholarships, grants, and loans.

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Smaller class sizes

Class sizes at community colleges are typically much smaller than at four-year colleges. This is great for many reasons: you can get to know your classmates better, build strong relationships with your professors, and feel more confident when asking for support!

Get a degree in two years or transfer to a four-year college

Students typically receive their associate degree or a credential when finishing their two years at community college. There are plenty of great careers and industries students can work in with their associate degree or credential, like in tech, healthcare, government, and many more!

Decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree? You can always transfer from community college to a four-year college!

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Experience campus life

One misconception about community college is that students miss out on campus life compared to students at four-year colleges. In reality, most community colleges have things like clubs, student government, cultural centers, recreation centers, and intramural sports for students to de-stress, make friends, and stay connected to their community!

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Read up on our resources for students applying to and attending community college:

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