Get the facts on community colleges

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What is a community college?

Community colleges are teaching institutions that offer accessible, affordable, high-quality education and a wide range of educational programs, including:  associate degrees (two-year degrees that may transfer to universities), career-technical programs, job-training programs and noncredit continuing education.

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Are community colleges accredited?

Community colleges are accredited by the same agencies that accredit four-year colleges and universities. Credits earned at a community college are generally transferable to four-year institutions.

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Is financial aid available for community college students?

Yes. Community colleges have financial aid offices that can assist you with the financial aid process.

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What is the cost of attending a community college?

The average community college tuition and fees are less than half those at public four-year colleges and universities and one-tenth those at private four-year colleges and universities.

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Can I go to a community college if I want a bachelor’s degree?

Of course, you can! Students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities after attending community colleges are just as likely to earn bachelor’s degrees as those who start at four-year institutions.

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