Tag: community college

Students bypassing college degrees on purpose–but at what cost?

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

We’re so used to being able to customize everything, from our Starbucks drink orders to our perfect mates. Millennials, especially, are seen as being commitment-phobic when it comes to relationships, jobs, interests and even where they live.

But at some point, every adult (and college student) needs to make a choice–it doesn’t have to be for forever, but it has to at least be long enough to put in the time and effort to earn a bachelor’s degree in that field.

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First-generation students benefit from starting at a community college

Posted on March 24th, 2014

"This is suggestive evidence that some four-year college drop-outs may have greater postsecondary success at two-year colleges. " -- Erin Dunlop Velez

One of the knocks against community colleges has been that students who complete two-year degrees are less likely to continue on and complete their bachelor’s degree than their peers at four-year colleges. This was confirmed back in 2009, when Bridget Terry Long and Michal Kurlaender found that students who initially began at community colleges were 14.5% less likely […]

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A roundup of our best financial aid posts

Posted on December 19th, 2013

Getting those last-minute applications in? Make sure you’re applying to plenty of schools that offer financial aid and scholarships.

In case you missed them, check out our best posts on finding affordable schools, finding scholarships, and paying for college.

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Grad tells students to drop out, go to community college

Posted on December 11th, 2013

"At the freshman and sophomore level of classes, the quality of education per dollar at a community college is superior to any other institution. After two years, work hard, and you can get into your dream university while saving $40k. Your transcript will look the same at the end of four years, I promise." -- Peter Thayer

Do you want to graduate from the school of your dreams without going thousands of dollars into debt? Start your degree at a community college, urges one University of Rochester graduate student. In an article he wrote for his college newspaper and in the video above, grad student Peter Thayer recommends that college freshmen drop out and […]

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Full scholarships available at Monroe Community College

Posted on November 18th, 2013

Looking for an affordable college option? Consider starting your education at community college.

As we’ve written before, attending a community college for two years before transferring to a 4-year college or university is a great way to save money on your college education.

And now, thanks to a generous donation from two of its alumni, one community college in Rochester, NY has made that option even more attractive.

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The pros and cons of online education

Posted on November 7th, 2013

A recent poll showed that one-third of Americans believe online programs offer better value and provide more variety than traditional classroom education. When it comes to education quality, however, the public is less enthusiastic.

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Community colleges can save you money on your 4-year degree

Posted on October 29th, 2013

Community colleges aren’t just for taking summer classes or receiving 2-year degrees. In many cases, attending a community college can be a great way to save time and money on earning your bachelor’s degree.

Our friends at Erie Community College, located in Buffalo, NY, recently announced an articulation agreement with St. John Fisher College, a private, 4-year liberal arts college near Pittsford, NY.

This means that ECC students who follow specific programs will earn automatic admission to St. John Fisher after two years and, assuming all goes well, eventually graduate and receive bachelor’s degrees from the college.

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Conventional college route shifts to “education buffet”

Posted on September 18th, 2013

I love a good buffet. Health hazards aside, what’s not to like about getting to choose from a multitude of options, taking as little or as much of each as you like?

Increasingly, college students are taking the “buffet approach” to higher education. A few AP classes there, some time at a traditional brick-and-mortar campus, a couple classes at a local community college, and some MOOCs or other online classes thrown in.

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College is more affordable than it seems

Posted on March 28th, 2013

With college costs constantly rising, some students are scared off by the high cost of attendance of many colleges–sometimes $60,000 per year or more. But the majority of students don’t actually pay full price. This awesome infographic explains why you shouldn’t let a high sticker price stop you from applying to a school.

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