Over the next month, millions of students will head to college campuses across the United States. Some have chosen an expensive route, selecting private schools that charge nearly $50,000 a year for room, board, and tuition. But a growing segment is taking a path that's easier on their wallets.
More than 6.5 million students attend approximately 1,200 community colleges throughout the US, according to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). That's close to half of all undergraduate students.
Last year, community-college students paid an average of $2,361 for tuition, the College Board reports. Compare that with an average of $6,185 at public four-year institutions and $16,640 that out-of-state students must pay. These figures do not include the expenses of room and board, books, insurance, and transportation, which can add several thousand dollars to a college bill. - Christian Science Monitor
Com. college has a bad rep for some reason. I would love to see a valedictorian attend one. How great of a statement would that be?