There have been some students who are looking at community colleges as a way to reduce the overall costs that are required for them to pursue a specific degree due to the fact that these particular types of educational institutions can offer more affordable rates and costs, but also allow students to transfer to a major college or university so that they may complete their degree if they are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a field that may have a compatible area of study at one of these colleges. However, students who are planning to transfer do have some digging to do when it comes to looking at the costs which will come from taking classes at a community college and then transferring, as some opportunities available for students to transfer will not necessarily be in their best interest financially.
In some cases, there have been students who have pursued a two-year degree at one of these colleges, transferred and then use credits from the community college to finish out a four year degree program in a shorter amount of time in a major university or college. This obviously would allow a student to keep their time spent at one of these major universities to a much shorter period and could help lower the costs that a student will have to face when it comes to tuition and fees.
Students who attend a major university for four or five years will be taking classes that may be required for general education standards that a university has set, and these courses will cost a student just as much money as classes that are focused on their major, so this will obviously lead to higher costs in the majority of cases. However, students who are able to attend a more affordable community colleges are able to cut these costs while they are meeting requirements for the general education standards, and when they transfer they can focus solely on their area of study to pursue their bachelor’s degree when proper planning is in place.
What students need to be aware of is these transfer credits as some community colleges may not be the best fit for this particular plan since some individuals may not find classes at a community college will transfer or be comparable to the requirements that are necessary for a specific major university. It’s understandable that some students will spend two years at a community college and then transfer to a larger university to finish their bachelor’s degree, but if there credits do not transfer properly this could lead to students being in a position where they have to take more classes at the major university than would have been required if all of their credits are transferred.
While there are some phenomenal community colleges that can help students in this area, talking with admissions officials not only at one community college but the university that a student plans to transfer to will be necessary so that they will know exactly how credits will transfer and whether attending a community college will be worth the cost and time, in the hopes that the overall amount of financial obligations a student must meet will be more affordable. In some cases, certain classes may only transfer as an elective, so when students know exactly what the situation will be if they take a specific course load at a community college and then transfer, they will be in a better position to understand how a community college may impact the cost of their bachelor’s degree pursuit overall.