Why International Students Should Consider Community Colleges

Two-year colleges can help students improve English skills, save money, and adapt to U.S. education.

Community college enrollment can be a cost-effective way to begin a U.S. education.

Community college enrollment can be a cost-effective way to begin a U.S. education.

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When students have course options, majors may change as well as school choice for completing their bachelor's degree. Community colleges allow for a period of adjustment to American schools before incurring four-year school tuition rates. 

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Jennings does recommend students start at four-year colleges if they were already accepted to their dream school. While visiting a prep school in China where 20 students were on their way to Green River, he met a student who was accepted to University of Washington. Given that her parents could easily afford the tuition, Jennings advised her to attend to the four-year institution instead of his community college. 

Ultimately, he notes, students need to look at all of their options and consider what's best for themselves academically and for their family financially. 

Reyna Gobel, frequently quoted as an expert on student loans and college costs, is the author of "Graduation Debt: How To Manage Student Loans And Live Your Life" and "How Smart Students Pay for School: The Best Way to Save for College, Get the Right Loans, and Repay Debt." She has appeared on PBS's Nightly Business Report and speaks regularly at CollegeWeekLive.