Here's How Community Colleges Help You Save Money
August 13, 2019
Have you ever wondered how 2-year colleges in Alabama are able to save students money? Based on data collected by financial aid offices, students can save as much as $30,000 or more by attending a community college instead of a private 4-year institution. Living at home can save students even more money.
If you are considering a community college for the financial advantages, it’s important to know how these 2-year schools save money. Unexpected obstacles can make this path more expensive, so we recommend working closely with an academic advisor to pursue a path that is both timely and economical.
Save on room and board fees
One of the biggest ways that community colleges in Alabama save students money is by allowing them to live at home. Usually, students attend local community colleges and reside with their parents. Schedules are also more flexible, so students don’t need to be on campus all the time. They can create a convenient schedule where they only need to be there a few days a week.
That said, it’s not uncommon for students to choose out-of-state community colleges based on certification programs or proximity to a particular 4-year college. If this is what you are considering, you will have to account for room and board costs. However, you can usually rent an apartment for much less than what it would cost to live on campus at a 4-year institution.
Earn an income while going to school
Two-year colleges are flexible and offer night classes, hybrid courses and online study sessions. This allows students to work part-time jobs. This is a lot harder to do when you’re a full-time student living on campus. Jobs are more limited, as is your time.
Community colleges have convenient schedules and lighter course loads, so you can earn money while pursuing an education. Plus, with the cash coming in, you can pay down your tuition bills sooner.
Stay on track with your goals
General education courses are part of the college experience. You’ll have to take them no matter what school you attend. However, gen ed courses are significantly cheaper at community colleges, so you can get these out of the way before studying your major.
By attending a community college, you can also explore your areas of interest without wasting money. Many of the classes offered at these colleges are hands-on and interactive - not passive. You can work in simulated environments and earn an associate degree in just two years.
Personalized student services
Community colleges are typically small and offer a number of resources to help students complete their courses on time. Academic advising and tutoring are available for all students, particularly those who are low-income or first-generation. It’s also common for 2-year colleges to work closely with local 4-year institutions to ensure all college credits are successfully transferred.
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College has four locations in South Central Alabama: Andalusia, Greenville, Opp, and Luverne. We accept students in all stages of their academic journeys. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you save money on a quality education.