4 Reasons to Consider Community College

Community college is an option that some high school graduates don’t consider when applying to schools. In 2017, 22.6% of recent high school graduates went on to attend a community college. There are quite a few advantages to not taking the standard path of going straight to a 4-year school.

  1. Community College Saves You Money

This might be the most obvious reason to consider starting out at a community college. Community colleges cost far less than most 4-year colleges, which will save you money even if you decide to transfer to a 4-year school afterwards. This is especially helpful if you are looking to attend a private school, since those colleges tend to be the most expensive. By starting off at a local community college, you’ll also save money on the room and board that you would have to pay at a school that isn’t close to home.

  1. It’s Easier to Pace Yourself

Going to a community college before a 4-year school will allow you to pace yourself as you complete your education. Earning your associate degree first creates an additional checkpoint where you can take a break if you need to. It will also give you a greater sense of accomplishment as you celebrate more academic milestones.

  1. Boost Your GPA

Do you dream of going to college, even though you struggled in high school? Bring your GPA up in community college! Low high school grades won’t be a barrier to continuing your education if you get your associate degree first, since many community colleges only require a high school diploma or GED for admission. Transfer requirements for 4-year schools are lower than freshman requirements, which will also help you. Not only do you have a chance to show universities what you’re capable of, but the bar is set lower when you transfer.

  1. You Might Only Need an Associate Degree

The career you want to pursue might not even require a bachelor’s degree. Why waste time and money if you don’t have to? Physical therapists assistants, dental hygienists, and paralegals only need to have an associate degree.

Every high school graduate has a different freshman year experience. Will you experience your first year at a community college? Check out your local community college’s programs to see if it’s the right choice for you!

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