Community colleges can give you an affordable, accessible, and student-centered education that has helped many others succeed.
Because different community colleges offer a wide variety of courses and degree programs, consider these factors when selecting a community college:
- Is the school accredited or licensed?
- What are the admission requirements?
- Does the course or program offer credit toward a degree or certificate?
- How do students rate the school and courses?
- Are there reciprocal agreements with neighboring campuses?
- Does the school offer the program you want?
- What degrees/programs are offered?
- What is the average class size?
- Are classes held during the day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your work schedule?
- How long will it take to complete the courses you need?
- Is online learning an option
- How much will it cost to complete the program?
- What is the full cost of your studies (include tuition, fees, books, parking, and supplies)?
- What type of financial aid is available (such as scholarships, tuition waivers, Work-Study opportunities, and student loans)?
- When and how do you apply for financial aid?
- Are your studies eligible for employer tuition assistance?
- Is special financial aid offered to help with child care, transportation, or other costs?
- Are military fee waivers offered to active duty personnel and their dependents?
- Does the school offer daycare? What are the requirements and cost?
- Are advisors available to help you select the right courses and develop a learning/career plan?
- Are job placement services available?
- Will your coursework transfer to another school?
- Does the school have articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities?
What comes next?
Learn about Transferring to a four-year school.