The romantic ideal of going to college to study what you love and to learn how to be a learner, so to speak, is rapidly falling by the wayside.
As college costs soar and new graduates struggle to find a job as well as pay off student loans that average $25,000 per student, many people are arguing whether going to a four year university is even worthwhile.
Another option that many don’t think about is pursuing a two year associate’s degree.
A community college is often seen as a lesser quality, less expensive option to a four year college. Many see it as a stepping stone for a mediocre high school student to improve his academic record to transfer into a four year college.
However, this thinking denies the student another important, cheaper, option–attending a community college to earn a practical degree and begin working right away.