These Are the Least Expensive Community Colleges in Every State
The cost of college is going up every year. Attending one of the top 10 most expensive private colleges in the country will set you back, on average, $54,817 per year in fees and tuition. But there are far less expensive alternatives, and the least expensive alternative is almost always community college.
Alabama: George C. Wallace State Community College-Selma
Offering the same annual tuition to all of its students, George C. Wallace State Community College at Selma (GCW) runs $4,140, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. As with virtually all community colleges (except as noted here), students graduate with an Associate degree. Those who wish to earn a bachelor or equivalent four-year degree must transfer at the end of two years. Admissions at GCW are limited to Alabama residents. Out-of-staters can attend Shelton State Community College (SSCC) for $7,737 per year.
Alaska: Ilisavik College
Located in the northernmost point in Alaska (and thus, the entire United States), Ilisagvik College is a public community college with an annual tuition of $3,820 for both in-state and out-of-state students. Offering academic, vocational, and technical education aimed at matching workforce needs, it's also a tribal college dedicated to perpetuating and strengthening Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions. This timeline tells you exactly how you'll need to save for college.
Arizona: American Indian College of the Assemblies of God
If you're a resident of Arizona and can get into the American Indian College of the Assemblies of God, you'll get the least expensive four-year degree in Arizona for as little as $958 per year. Although the Admissions Department asks applicants to keep in mind that the mission of this school is to equip Native Americans for Christian service, non-native applicants will also be considered. For students seeking a non-religious program, Northland Pioneer College offers an annual tuition of $2,250 for residents and $10,400 for out-of-state students.
Arkansas: Arkansas Northeastern College
For $2,450 per year for Arkansas residents and $4,250 for out-of-state students, you can spend the first two years of college at Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) and then transfer to a four-year college, including the University of Arkansas-Fort Worth, which has a specific program with ANC that can lead to a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. This map shows the toughest college to get into in every state.
California: Deep Springs College
If you one of 14 or 15 lucky students, Deep Springs College will offer a tuition-free education provided you can demonstrate you fit into the "Three Pillars" of Deep Spring's educational program: academics, labor, and self-governance. California residents who don't feel that Deep Springs would be a good fit will be happy to know that California is the home of a great many colleges offering in-state tuition for under $2,000 per year (more than any other state, by far). Check out these stories of lives that have been changed forever by someone's generosity.
Colorado: Aims Community College
For Colorado residents seeking a budget-minded bachelor degree without transferring halfway through, there's no better value than Aims Community College, which charges annual in-state tuition of $2,281. Out-of-state tuition is $13,018 per year. Aims CC boasts more than 200 degree and certificate programs and four campuses, day and evening classes, and online alternatives.
Connecticut: Norwalk Community College
For Connecticut residents, Norwalk Community College offers annual in-state tuition of $4,286 and "hassle-free" transfer to Connecticut State University (where in-state tuition is around $10,000 per year) to complete a bachelor's program. Out-of-state tuition is $12,438 (and around $22,000 per year for out-of-state students at Connecticut State University and Charter Oak College for years three and four).
Delaware: Delaware Technical Community College
For Delaware residents, Delaware Technical Community College offers the least expensive tuition for years one and two of college and for years three and four of the Nursing bachelor program, with annual in-state tuition of $4,720. Out-of-state tuition is $11,245.
Florida: Gulf Coast State College
For Florida residents, Gulf Coast State College, a community college in Panama City, offers in-state tuition of $2,963 per year for all four years of its three bachelors of science degree programs. Other programs culminate in an Associate degree. Out-of-state tuition is $10,791. Check out these money-saving habits of people who didn't have to take out loans for their education.
Georgia: Columbus Technical College
Offering 18 different degree and certificates, Columbus Technical College charges $3,238 per year for in-state students and $5,908 for out-of-state students. The school has an open admissions policy and offers credit for life experiences. Curious about online programs? You can start with any one of these 600 courses available at 200 colleges.