As tuition costs rise and income sources shrink, college students everywhere are searching for ways to save money on tuition. One resource to which many college students are turning is their local community college.
Once looked down upon by more traditional college students, community colleges are growing in popularity due to their convenience and fair prices. But taking classes at a community college doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up your spot at your beloved four-year school. Many students choose to take classes at a community college online or during the summer, and others choose to take extra classes during the regular school year to help them earn their degrees faster.
There are, however, some pitfalls in taking community college classes for which you need to be prepared, so be sure to research your home school’s transfer policies. Some four-year colleges and universities only accept transfer credits from certain community colleges, and others might only accept community college credits before you’ve reached a certain point in your degree. For example, many colleges refuse to accept transfer credits from any institutions other than traditional four-year colleges or universities after you’ve reached Sophomore status in credit numbers. In such cases, be sure to earn your community college credits early so you don’t miss out on this great money-saving opportunity.
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