College affordability is a hot topic. Community colleges can provide a cost effective way to obtain a college diploma from a public university. Many states allow community college attendees to transfer credits within their public university system.
Not only that, but community colleges can provide trade certification education, continuing education credits, or refresher training on any number of topics. On top of that, they can do this at a fraction of the price of most institutions.
Community colleges offer an affordable way to achieve your education goals and hopefully avoid student loan debt. Going to community college first can also allow you to save your GI Bill for the more expensive upper level classes that can only be taken at a four year college or university. In fact, the community college + 4-year university is becoming a much more popular and affordable way to achieve a college degree.
If you plan on transferring your GI Bill, you can make your GI Bill dollars go further or afford to pay for college for more than one child by splitting the benefit between children, and using community college to bridge the gap. This is the plan we intend to use for our children. Ryan, from The Military Wallet recorded a podcast explaining his plan of using college savings accounts and the GI Bill to pay for his children’s college.
Community colleges also offer an affordable way to take classes for fun or personal edification. If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of using the local community college for education.
Below are the links to each state’s community college system’s website:
New Hampshire: http://www.ccsnh.edu/
New Jersey: http://www.njccc.org/
New York: https://www.suny.edu/hr/cc/
North Carolina: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/
North Dakota: http://www.ndcommunitycolleges.com/
Rhode Island: https://www.ccri.edu/
South Carolina: http://www.sctechsystem.com/
West Virginia: http://wvctcs.org/
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