Community colleges are seeing a significant resurgence in the US, with more states offering appealing incentives for students.
In Maryland, state legislators passed a bill that will allow Maryland community college students to have more access to state scholarship money, which will allow some students to attend community college for free.
The new legislation would create a $15 million program, more than double of what's available now. To qualify for the new funding, students need to be recent high school graduates, Maryland residents and have a certain grade point and income.
In California, the University of California (UC) system reached an agreement that will increase the number of transfer students from the state's community college by 10 to 15 percent.
Here's the good news: those students looking to enter the competitive UC system through community college will pay less than a tenth of the cost.
In an article in The Mercury News, Paul Monge, a UC Student Regent and UC Berkeley law student whose sister transferred to UC Santa Cruz from a community college said, "Having a transfer pathway mitigates concerns about affordability and accessibility. Students are still able to graduate with a UC degree, but community college tuition is much less.”
Bottom line? Many states in the US are looking for clearer pathways for students to further their education through community college pathways.