Community College or a Technical College

 

How do you know if you are a community college person or a technical college person? Well, the first thing you should ask yourself is "What are the differences between the two?" Once you know that, you can weigh the pros and cons of each and figure out which one is going to fit your lifestyle the best. Lucky for you we've already done the research and laid out the benefits of both community colleges and technical colleges.

Over the past few years this conception of community college has taken root in many parts of the United States. Today a community college which is also known as a junior college, technical colleges, or city colleges can be defined as a higher education institution that offers a two year curriculum. The major difference between community colleges and four year college is their admission policies and on campus living. The key feature of community colleges is that they never promote a competitive application process. Any student who wants to enroll can generally have an admission. Though the open access policy may be true for some state run community colleges, but privately owned community colleges generally follow their own admission policies and have other criteria for admissions.

One of the main differences between community colleges and 4-year schools is admission requirements. Community colleges typically have open admission which means that anyone can attend. This is very beneficial if the grades on your high school transcripts aren't on par with what 4-year universities require. Community college can also be a stepping-stone to a 4-year university. Once you find out what the transfer requirements are (how many college hours are needed, transfer GPA, etc.) you can put yourself on a path to transfer to your 4-year school of choice.

Another important tip is to check the availability of financial aid at the community colleges you are comparing. Although these 2-year colleges are a lot less expensive comparing to 4-year universities, you still should make sure to apply for all the financial aid available to incoming students. Pay attention to application deadlines so you'll have plenty of time to collect all the financial data required to apply for financial aid. One thing to keep in mind is attending a community college will not be the only responsibility you have. Like most students, you will probably be working at least part-time while attending school. Check out if the school you have in mind offer class flexibility as in night classes, day classes, weekend classes or even online courses to help you fit in your work schedule and lifestyle.

The majority of high school graduates have no idea what they want to study in college, let alone the career field they want to pursue. This results in students who start at four year universities changing their major at least once if not more. When a student finally does decide their major, they usually have to take numerous prerequisite courses to satisfy their degree requirement. This means more money that needs to be spent towards classes.