Going to a four-year university is a huge undertaking for students and families, especially when it comes to paying for it. Parents spend years socking away whatever money they can to help their kids afford higher education. Often, that’s still not enough.
Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, offer college classes at less cost.
The College Board reports that the average cost of tuition and fees at a public two-year school for the 2019-2020 academic year was $3,730. That’s compared with $10,440 at a public four-year institution and a mind-blowing $36,880 for a private nonprofit four-year school.
In its latest annual analysis of U.S. community colleges, WalletHub gives each school an overall score, with a possible total of 100 points. The report ranks schools by the scores, which take into account measurements of the cost of an education and students’ educational and career outcomes.
Here are the member institutions of the American Association of Community Colleges that WalletHub ranks highest.