How Much Can You Save by Going to Community College?

By Alex Hollis (@wvedutech)

Part 1: Cost analysis for 2 identical courses

It is common knowledge that students are saving bundles by attending community college and then transferring to a 4-year university. But I have always wondered, how much is this bundle? What are the actual dollar savings of pursuing this route of higher ed?

Over the next few weeks we will be analyzing the cost benefits of attending community college vs a 4-year university. Today, we take our first step by comparing the cost of two identical classes – one from a community college, the other from a 4-year university in the same state. We will then walk through several, additional scenarios in the coming weeks culminating with a final report of what dollar amount one would truly save by going to community college.

Scenario 1: Calculus 1 at the University of New Hampshire vs. Nashua Community College



Nashua Community College

Course Name Calculus 1 Calculus 1
Credits 4 4
Description Calculus of one variable covering limits, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; applications include curve sketching, max-min problems, related rates, and volume and area problems. Calculus is introduced through studies of functions, limits,differentiation and higher order derivatives. Problems in maximum and minimum and related rates are considered. Integration is introduced by analyzing the definite and indefinite integral, areas, and volumes.
Cost $904 $3,000


$3,000 – $904 = $2,096


2 Responses to How Much Can You Save by Going to Community College?
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  2. Thank you so much for chiming in, Stephanie. You are completely correct!! We are trying to engage people in discussions to bring more awareness to the community college option. I hope you will read our future posts and let us know what you think.

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