Why Community College May Not Be Worth It

Dear College Made Simple reader,

Every parent wants what’s best for their children.

When it comes to their education you should explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned.

One option has recently become a frequent point of discussion: whether or not the rising cost of four-year college has made community college a better investment for your kids. Conventional wisdom is that community college can save you thousands, after all.

Nonetheless, in this report we’ll examine how starting a collegiate career at these cheaper schools may not be worth the money it seemingly saves you, no matter the economic climate.

– Scott

Why It Pays To Know if Community College Is Worthwhile

Community colleges are institutions that provide higher education, usually in the form of a two-year associate’s degree or two years of college level courses that can count towards a bachelor’s degree when transferred to a four-year institution.

They are typically publicly funded, cater to local students, and cost about a tenth of your average four-year college.

In the past these schools have been geared towards students who may have had difficulty getting into a more traditional university.

It has become more common, however, for students to try to save some money by attending community college for two years before transferring to a four-year school for two more years.

And why not? At $2,000 or less per semester, your child can still work towards a four-year bachelor’s degree and save you a huge chunk of cash.

Unfortunately, all too frequently those two years turn into an additional one or two more years.

That’s why – for many families – it’s better to get into a bachelor’s program from the start.

There is a reason a community college education comes at such a minimal sticker price.

While clearly there are some excellent community colleges out there, overall the education is simply a lower level of scholastic quality.

Professors are not held to the same standards as at four-year universities, and the workload is generally too light to prepare a student for traditional college assignments.

You may save some money on the front-end, but if your child fails out because he or she was not properly prepared (only 26% of CC students will complete a two or four-year degree within six years) than the money you spent will be completely wasted.

That’s why it makes sense for families to know all their options up front. One of the best ways to do that is to take advantage of our free college funding analysis, where you’ll get to speak directly with one of our trained education consultants to see if there are any strategies you can take advantage of to make paying for college more easily affordable. Learn more here.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold

Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC

Publisher, CollegeMadeSimple.com – The free educational resource of College Planning Network

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by CollegeStats.org.  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News, TheStreet.com, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.