The average in-state tuition and fees at community colleges for 2018-19 is $3,660, which is the lowest cost among all higher education sectors.
As the crippling effects of student debt make headlines across America, people are questioning the cookie-cutter template provided by four-year institutions.
People around the world pursue education because it opens doors and leads to new opportunities - but heavy post-graduation debt means degree holders have less freedom in their lives: less freedom to take a promising job that will lead to higher pay, less freedom to start a business, less freedom to purchase homes and start families.
ELN is dedicated to highlighting the power of community colleges to keep open the avenue of opportunity that education has always promised. With a lower cost thresh-hold, and the ability to supplement a flexible class schedule with part- or full-time work, students can either take an Associates degree or transfer to a four-year institution with minimal debt.
ELN is also dedicated to fostering a conversation about education itself in the 21st century. Are students (and parents) paying for social mobility? Are universities responsible for taking on the country's looming skills shortage? Do apprenticeships have a bigger role to play in American education?
We're grateful that you're here and part of this conversation. Together, we can help the students in our lives - and in future generations - to optimize and personalize their educational choices without the burden of crippling debt.