Depending on what kind of career you have planned for your future, you may start dreaming of colleges in far off and exotic lands. (In some cases, this is simply the desire to get as far away from your family as possible and has nothing to do with education.) But, getting into the prestigious schools can be difficult at best, and if your grades or financial situation is not the best, then you may have to pursue a more realistic educational avenue.
Community colleges can offer some substantial benefits, even for the students that can have their pick of several schools. These include:
1. Reduced tuition, fees and other expenses. Because a community college is located in your own general area, there are no dorm or housing fees to contend with. Tuition schedules are usually less than other, larger schools.
2. Technology specific learning. If you apply for a community college to become an accountant, the bulk of your courses will apply to that end. You will not have to take a ton of the so-called enrichment courses to satisfy graduation requirements. This not only saves you time and money, it can also assist you to focus on the important parts of your learning.
3. Scheduling flexibility. Community colleges offer many of their courses for nights and weekends- and often allow you to build your own schedule.
Community colleges offer you a chance to remain in an area that you are already familiar with which may reduce some of the anxiety that is normal with a first time college student. It also may allow students to remain at home with their family until they are actually mature enough to handle living on their own. It may also allow the chance for students to take advantage of work to study or internship programs more easily than at a distant school.
Finally, community colleges offer the advantage of the in-state reduction in fees to entice their students. Taking advantage of these savings, even if it is only for a first year, can help a student get used to the pace of college. Most community college courses can be transferred if that time does come along, but you should of course, check first. Attending a smaller, community college for your first year may make transition from high school to college that much easier.