One of the most significant benefits of community college is affordability. The average cost of a traditional college education is about $23,000 per year for a public in-state university, $37,000 per year for a public out-of-state university, and $46,000 per year for a private university. In comparison, community colleges cost about $16,000 per year.
Not only is the total cost of a college education a major concern for today’s students, but so is mitigating debt post-graduation. With their flexible class schedules that make it easier for students to work while in school, 22% of community college students are employed full-time and 40% work part-time.