Tuition and fees cost significantly less at community colleges than at four-year colleges and universities. The average cost of community college tuition in the U.S. ranges from $5,000 to $9,000 per academic year. Students can expect to save $10,000 to $90,000 over the course of their education.

Community colleges require lower scores on English proficiency tests, or can waive the requirements entirely for students who participate in Intensive English Programs (IEPs). Many community colleges offer IEPs to students who need to learn English or need additional English proficiency.  *Exact English proficiency requirements will vary, and not all colleges offer Intensive English Programs. More information can be found on the college’s website.

Most international students are unable to start at top U.S. universities. But starting at a community college enables students to transfer to and graduate from those top universities, as well as other great universities.

Community colleges emphasize teaching rather than research.  Community college students can enjoy a great deal of personal attention from their professors; extra help and support are available when they need it.

International students with F-1 visa status may be eligible to complete one year of practical training in their fields after completing an associate degree.  They also have the option of one more year after completing a bachelor’s degree

Many community colleges do not require tandardized admissions tests. Instead, they have placement tests for students to take upon arrival, after orientation and before course registration.

Community colleges make students’ success a mission, and it shows through the assistance and services they offer.

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