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JFoster Wrote: Doesn't that sound like a lot of work, just to make the educational puzzle pieces fit? I still argue that it was more viable to do that 10 years ago, but with the gauntlet of registration that most colleges put prospective students through, you're better off going to a 4 year and calling it a day.
If the costs were equal, for sure. But we are talking about thousands of dollars in difference for tuition, that a great majority of students will be taking out loans for. Loans that compile interest.
If you google 'average university tuition', here's the stats you get (cited from a student support organization College Board):
Average tuition per year full time (2014/2015):
Public two-year colleges -- $3,347
Public four-year colleges -- $9,139
Public four-year, out-of-state -- $22,958
Private non-profit, four year -- $31,231
And the room and board is also more, sliding on the same scale:
Public two-year colleges -- $7,705
Public four-year colleges -- $9,804
Public four-year, out-of-state -- $9,804
Private non-profit, four year -- $11,188
Total, when adding all the costs for attending each kind of college for a year:
Public two-year colleges -- $11,052
Public four-year colleges -- $18,943
Public four-year, out-of-state -- $32,762
Private non-profit, four year -- $42,419
Of course that will vary from state to state, and school to school. But on average, it costs over $7,000 more per year to go to a 4 year, in state public school for your basics, over a community college. If you take 2 years of general basics (typical) that's $14,000 savings. I would say it's worth the extra effort. At the VERY least, it's worth your time to investigate and be aware of the cost differential. That $14K difference will quickly turn into $20k+ with interest, when it comes time to pay up, minus grants and scholarships.