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Community College Provides the Same Experience as a 4-Year University

According to a Washington Post article by Michelle Singletary, “outstanding student loans for the first quarter of 2019 were $1.49 trillion, according to the latest Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Household Debt and Credit report” (Singletary). We all know college is expensive and costs continue to rise—yet community college, a far more affordable option for higher education, still considered “the 13th grade” (Singletary)?

In her article, “Community college should be a first choice, not a last resort,” Singletary discusses the often-unsung benefits of attending a community college beyond saving money. One community college graduate noted a closer relationship with parents as a result of living in the family home as an adult, making friends of varied age groups and backgrounds, plenty of extracurricular activities, and smaller class sizes taught by faculty rather than teaching assistants (Singletary). This is an interesting and important perspective for those who may think that attending community college will cause them to miss out on the typical 4-year college experience!

Singletary advocates for more parents and students to consider community college as a completely viable option for higher education. If you’re not sure where to start, PursuitWise, a project by Applied Learning Science, is a free service that helps students connect with community college resources in Orange County, CA., area. If you’re looking for advice or guidance throughout the community college enrollment process, you can contact a Career Navigator by calling, chatting online, or by email. Check out our Contact page for more information.

Singletary, Michelle. “Community College Should Be a First Choice, Not a Last Resort.” The Washington Post, 2019,

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