Smartest students go to community college

The smartest students don’t go to Harvard, MIT or Yale, writes Zac Bissonnette in Daily Finance. The smartest people go to community colleges.

What’s smarter than saving $100,000 and managing to get an education that is just as good, and perhaps even better, than you can get at many top universities?

Clearly, the student who lives at home and pays community college fees is spending many thousands of dollars less than the student who’s paying tuition, room and board at a four-year college.

Educational quality is the same. Studies show “students who attend community colleges learn just as much as students who attend four-year colleges,” Bissonnette writes. Transfers are just as likely to earn bachelor’s degrees as those who start at four-year colleges.

Furthermore, “community college students report higher levels of satisfaction with their programs than those attending four-year colleges.” And their level of debt is much, much lower.

Bissonnette is the author of Debt-Free U: How I Paid For An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON September 7, 2010

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