Community College Is Underutilized And Overlooked Essay

765 Words Oct 26th, 2015 4 Pages
The pressure of choosing the right college can be one of the most stressful situations,thus far, in some students lives. Often times community college is thrown out the window without the least bit of consideration. The stereotype that community colleges aren’t as educated or students that attend community college are “not good enough for a four year university” are stereotypes that still exists today. The percentage of students that attend community colleges and who come from households earning $100,000 increased from 12 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015 (Selingo, 2015). Thus, community colleges have improved to become competitors with traditional universities. However, some people remain skeptical about the competitiveness of community colleges. There are several reasons evaluated in this essay why community college is underutilized and overlooked. It is critical that students know the real benefits of community college versus a university before they make a decision.
According to Selingo (2015), community colleges are far much cheaper than universities. The annual tuition fee for a student in community college amounts to $3,131 compared to $8,655 and 29,056 for a student in a public and private university respectively. Further, while a student in community college spends nothing on room and board (assuming the student lives at home), a student in public university spends $9,205 every year while , a student in private university spends $10,462. The annual ‘sticker…

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