New York Times: More Top Students Starting Their Higher-Ed Journey at Community Colleges


With tuition to most four-year colleges now priced in the six figures, an increasing number of students are starting their higher-education journey closer to home, at the local community college, writes Kyle Spencer for The New York Times.

“My parents don’t want to just throw money around now,” said Annie Shahverdian, an 18-year-old California resident. “I’m getting a great education at a fraction of the cost.”

Shahverdian, the daughter of a commercial real estate agent and a nursing administrator, is currently a student at Pasadena City College, a two-year public institution, who plans to earn her bachelor’s degree from a top four-year university.

“This is about social norms,” said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple. “More middle-class parents are saying, I’m not succumbing to the idea that the only acceptable education is an expensive one.”

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In Delaware and Chester counties, many students, parents, and residents are finding quality higher education and affordability at Delaware County Community College, which provides education and workforce training programs at a fraction of the cost of four-year colleges in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The college, which serves more than 23,000 credit and non-credit students online and at eight locations in Delaware and Chester counties, offers more than 50 associate degrees and 35 certificate programs. More than 60 percent of the college’s students transfer to four-year colleges and achieve substantial savings by taking their first two years of college credits at Delaware County Community College’s more affordable tuition rate.

Click here to learn more about Delaware County Community College.

Click here to read more about the increasing number of students who are turning to community colleges in The New York Times.

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