August is just around the corner. For the millions of incoming students starting their college journey amid the COVID-19 pandemic an important decision has to be made. The ongoing global situation has made people more conscious about their finances. This highlights the positive impact of a college education as one of the best investments and safest conduits to a stable financial future.
Since their inception, community colleges have provided an alternative for students looking for a high-quality education without breaking the bank. Through the extensive course offerings and extracurricular resume-building activities and programs, community colleges give students access to higher education and professional networking opportunities at a significantly lower cost than universities.
Pulling from data sources such as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP), the website College Tuition Compare analyzes and compares relevant information about program offerings, tuition, fees, living costs and other relevant information as it relates to colleges and universities in our nation. It also provides dollar figures in specific target categories to help students make an informed decision about their college prospects.
According to the site, in 2020, the average cost of two-year to four-year community colleges across the nation for in-state resident tuition and fees was $3,801. It was $10,265 for out-of-state students. On the other hand, universities logged an average cost of $7,947 for state residents and $21,230 for out-of-state students. In Texas, tuition and fees are above the national average, totaling an average of $5,035 for residents and $10,869 for out-of-state pupils for the figures from the 2019-2020 academic year. At Laredo College, the average cost of tuition and fees for full-time students is well below the national and state averages. In-district residents are paying $3,300, out-of-district $4,500 and out-of-state are paying $5,748.
Laredo serves as a model of how community colleges can fulfill the needs of students who want to maximize their investment in a college education without sacrificing high-quality and certified programs with outstanding faculty. Offering a spectrum of short-term academic programs and technical and vocational certifications, Laredo College has diversified even further and is also offering its first bachelor’s degree program.
“Our institution is a prime example of the great value offered by a community college education,” Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “Our continuous mission of ensuring student success is our main drive. Besides high academic rigor, we are proud to remain as the most affordable option for students wishing to pursue a college education.”
Additionally, community colleges have the allure of being close to home and having smaller class sizes with student-to-teacher ratios that allow for a more personalized learning experience.
Laredo College will be conducting the majority of its Fall 2020 semester in a virtual setting with the exception of a few select face-to-face courses. All health and sanitary guidelines from local, state and federal authorities will be followed to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Classes begin on August 17, 2020.
For more information about Laredo College courses, visit www.laredo.edu, call (956) 721-5109 or send an email to email@example.com.