Students can save lot of money by studying in a Community College in USA.
Especially for international students planning to study Bachelors degree in USA, community college is a good alternative to start your degree.
For an international student planning to study Bachelors Degree in USA is an expensive undertaking.
$10,000 per semester for 8 semester equals to $80,000 in tuition fees alone. Then add living and other expenses.
For students coming from India, $120,000 bachelors degree is really expensive. But, over $30,000 can be saved by studying first two years in a community college.
There are two possible options for a student to study for bachelors degree in USA :
- Study 4 year program at an college or university
- Study in community college in USA for 2 years and transfer for year 3 and 4.
In this article, let’s examine why taking the option two might be better than option 1.
Here’s a simple math :
- Community college is also known as junior college which offers two years degree program called Associate’s Degree.
- International students can apply for admission to study Associate Degree at a community college.
- At end of second year, student can then transfer to traditional 4-yeat college or university to earn their Bachelors Degree.
- Course credits that are taken in a community college is typically transferred to 4-year bachelors degree granting institution.
- If all the course credits from community college are accepted, then the student will need to study only two years at the four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Sounds like a good deal right? Of course it is a good deal.
Here’s few frequently asked questions about studying in a Community College in USA and transferring to traditional college for Bachelors degree.
- Why would someone wants to spend two years in a community college?
- What about the quality of education at in community college?
- Do I get to save money by studying in a community college compared to 4 year bachelors degree?
- Can I transfer college credits to 4 year school?
Here’s 3 short interviews I did at NAFSA Expo Hall with Nancy Fillat, Salt Lake City community college.
Why Study in Community College
Expenses and Transfer of Credits
Where To Transfer?
Transcripts for the video will be available shortly.
Story Behind The Video :
So, I was waiting at NAFSA Conference Expo Hall with Girish from GenNextEducation. She recognized Girish and gave him a big hug. Then Girish introduced me to her.
Then Girish was like, “Raghu you need to record an interview with her about community colleges”. Then I took my iPhone, Rode Lav mic, tripod and started recording videos.
Apparently Girish meet her in New Orleans airport and shared a taxi cab for a conference last year. That’s how Girish knew her and that cab ride gave 3 short, information packed interviews for HSB readers. Awesome right?
PS : Should I reach out to her for a longer video interview about community college?
Alright, back to Community Colleges topic.
Cost of Studying in a Community College
Typical cost for a 12 credits in a 4 year public university will be around $10,000 per semester.
But, in a community college, the tuition fees will is less than $2000 per semester for 12 credits.
That’s $8000 in savings per semester.
Now, if you are an international student, you can potentially save $8000 per semester for four semesters right?
That’s $32,000 in Savings.
Read that again : About $32,000 in savings.
Community Colleges in USA
Following community colleges are poplar among international students studying
- Houston Community College (Tex.)
- Santa Monica College (Calif.)
- Lone Star College (Tex.)
- De Anza College (Calif.)
- Montgomery College (Md.)
- Green River Community College (Wash.)
Largest Community Colleges in USA
Here’s three largest community colleges in USA.
- Miami Dade College ( 174,000)
- Lone Star College ( 90,000)
- Northern Virginia Community College (76,000)
Downside of studying in the Community Colleges?
For international students planning to transfer to 4 year bachelors degree program, choice of community college you should depend on you future goal and planned colleges to graduate.
Decide on a 4-year university you plan to transfer after 2 years in community college. Then identify how many credits from the community college will be accepted during transfer.
Ensure that community college is accredited. If not, then college credits will not be typically accepted when transferring to a 4 year college.
Indian Parents Concern
Indian parents are worried about campus safety. Plus, I have seen parents are worried, if their son or daughter are matured enough to handle life in a community college.
It is possible that you may not find another student from India going to same community college. But the experience and education from a community college will be prepare your son or daughter for brighter future ahead.
With so many international students studying in some of the colleges listed above, I’m sure your son or daughter can make good set of friends after coming to the college campus.
3 Reasons to Study in Community College
Here’s 3 simple reasons for an international student to study in a community college
- High quality education
- Save ton of money on a 4 years college degree
- Small Class Room. Closer attention
- (Bonus Reason ) Easier transfer to 4 year colleges that may not accept you directly.
Over to You
Let me know if this article gave an high level overview about studying in Community Colleges in America.
Plus, what else do you want to know about community colleges in USA or Bachelors Degree.
Transcripts for Video
Gaining your first two years of a university program at a community college gives you the opportunity to build your academic record and then transfer to any college and university in the US.
Community college education is less expensive, yet it gives you an equal opportunity at those first two years of your university program, and it fully transfers to four-year schools.
Well, community colleges are the place for international students to begin their US education. A community college offers small classrooms, a smaller campus, more one-on-one attention.