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College 101

Biggest Myths
Article Type: Quick and Dirty

The Legend of Four…I Need a Four-Year Degree to Make Any Money

Reality: Listen, a four-year degree is going to accomplish one thing: give you more options for careers.  But it’s only one path to a career.  If you are passionate about something that you can prepare for with a two-year degree, go for it. Check out Quick and Dirty: Community College for more information about them.

The Myth of the Four-Year Rejects

This is an ugly myth which often rears its venomous head. You will hear this often when the topic of community college comes up: that the only students who attend community college are those who couldn’t get in to a four-year school. Stop spreading this myth, help it die a painful death. Why? Because students attend community college for loads of reasons. The two-year path makes the most sense for those who are certain they are entering a career where an Associate’s degree is the proper training. Some student use community college to earn core credits on the cheap before transferring to four-year schools. Others take advantage of community colleges to explore areas of interest before enrolling in college and declaring a major. So don’t jump to conclusions...

The Can’t Transfer Myth…Community College Credits Won’t Transfer to Four-Year Colleges

Wrong. Wait, correction. Pretty much wrong. More and more community colleges are designing programs and making agreements with four-year colleges to aid students in earning and transferring credits to get a Bachelor’s degree. This myth has a nugget of truth to it, though. Some community college credits may not be applicable at the school or in the program in which you are interested. If this is the path you want to take, be sure to do your research and confirm that your community college courses will survive the transfer.

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