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10 Reasons Why a Two-Year College is Worth a Look. Considering Your Future Options. 1. Convenience. Most people in the US live within a 30 minute drive of a 2 year college Most Community colleges offer evening classes which would allow you to take classes and keep a full-time job.

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1 convenience
1. Convenience
  • Most people in the US live within a 30 minute drive of a 2 year college
  • Most Community colleges offer evening classes which would allow you to take classes and keep a full-time job.
  • Getting to college is easy. Make the short drive, park and attend class.
2 low cost
2. Low Cost
  • Type of College Cost in 2010-11
    • Public Two-Year $2,713
    • Public Four-Year In-State $7,605
    • Public Four-Year Out-of-State $19,595
    • Private Nonprofit Four-Year $27,293
    • Private For-Profit $13,935
    • Source: College Board. Trends in College Pricing
  • Pay only for tuition, books, supplies, parking; no room and board fees
  • Option to pay by course or credit hour
3 varied curriculum
3. Varied Curriculum
  • Curriculum: varied and flexible
  • Academic courses v. Career courses
    • College transfer programs
    • Some four year degrees programs
    • Associate degree programs
    • Certification programs
    • Wide range of options: computer repair, dental hygiene, heating & air, travel agent
4 undistracted faculty
4. Undistracted Faculty
  • 2 year college professors
    • Main job is to teach
    • Experts in field
    • Often have work experience in field
  • 4 year college professors
    • May not always be teaching classes
    • Pressure to research and publish
    • Often more limited in field experience
5 individual attention
5. Individual Attention
  • Smaller class sizes
  • More one-on-one interaction
    • With professor
    • With classmates
6 way to make a new start
6. Way to Make a New Start
  • Improve on high school transcript record
  • Open admissions policy
    • High school diploma or equivalent qualifies
  • Opportunity to improve grades
  • Options to transfer to 4-year program
  • No SAT requirement
    • College grades become evidence of ability
7 easy access to 4 year colleges
7. Easy Access to 4-Year Colleges
  • Transfer programs
    • Cost effective
    • Eases transition from high school to college
    • Popular option for many 2 year college students
    • Allows 4-year colleges to evaluate students’ academic success
  • On-site 4 year degrees
8 one way to enter one step at a time
8. One Way to Enter: One Step at a Time
  • Allows gradual adjustment to college classes
    • Part time
    • Full time
  • Fits your budget and schedule
    • How many courses can you afford at once?
    • How many classes can you fit around other obligations?
  • Option for training in the future
    • Job loss – retrain
    • Career change
    • Upgraded training
9 no dorms
9. No Dorms
  • No on-campus housing expenses
  • No strangers as roommates
  • May still have off-campus housing expenses but more flexibility
10 financial aid
10. Financial Aid
  • Based on student NEED
    • Calculated by expenses and student’s ability to pay
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • FAFSA forms used in calculation process
  • Options
    • Scholarships
    • Grants
    • Loans
  • Lower tuition costs might mean students are expected to pay a larger % of costs based on need
area community colleges
Area Community Colleges
  • Coastal Carolina Community College
  • Cape Fear Community College
    • Pender and New Hanover County branches
  • James Sprunt Community College
    • Duplin County (Kenansville)
  • Pitt Community College (Greenville)
  • Craven Community College (New Bern)
  • Lenoir Community College (Kinston)
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