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Save Money on School: Start at a Community College

For many parents and students, the cost of college [3] is one of the most daunting expenditures likely to be faced. The cost of a four-year degree keeps rising, and if the student goes on to graduate school, the expenses continue to pile up even higher.

One way to reduce the cost of an education is to start out at a less expensive school. Community colleges offer a number of advantages that can help you get a good start on your education, while costing you less.

Save Money by Attending Community College

There are a number of ways to save money by starting out at a community college. My husband started out at a community college, and then transferred to a four-year school to finish his bachelor’s degree. He now has a graduate degree [4], and his progression wasn’t once held up by the fact that he started out at a community college. Here some of the ways that you can save money by attending community college:

With a little planning, it’s possible to save money by attending a community college, and reducing your overall cost of an education.

Choosing Your Courses

You do need to choose courses with care, however. If you plan to transfer to a four-year school, some of your credits may not apply. Actually receiving your associate degree can help you avoid most general classes in some cases, but it’s not guaranteed. Make sure you understand the transfer policy at your four-year school of choice. Keep the course descriptions, since you may need them. My husband used a course description from his community college to substitute for one of his generals — even though the class wasn’t offered at the four-year school.

In the end, it’s best to consider all your options, and choose a path that will give you the best value for your education dollar.

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