The Differences Of College And Community College

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College students attending either a University or community college share distinct and similar experiences as first time college students. For instance, both students have to pay tuition costs, applications fees, and they share a similar 1st (change) first) two-year curriculum. On the other hand, they have obvious differences in student body size, teacher and student relationships, and career preparation. Seniors in High School across our nation face immediate life altering decisions when pursuing a further education. Choosing which path is best for a first time student is ultimately a personal decision, as personality, financial liberty and readiness can influence that path. Despite their differences and similarities, first time college students should pursue community college as their route to an education, because community college suits students financially, community wise, and career preparation, when comparing it to University. One of the factors 1st time college students face are the rising expenses. For example, a recent College Board study in 2016, noted the average tuition for university students is $33,479 for private universities, and $9,648 for in state universities. These high annual expenses limit the opportunities students have to attend the university that is …show more content…
In 2016, the average tuition for community college was $3,520 (College Board). Although, the tuition is also increasing on a year by year basis, since 2000, it has only increased by $1,642. (College Board). While there is a rising cost in tuition each year for community colleges, the price is more reasonable for students. A recent study from Columbia University (2016), there were 7.3 million students in community college, and these students make up for 42% of all college undergraduates (para 2-3). Moreover, community college students do not have to pay for increasing room and board expenses, as they usually will live at

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