Community Colleges Key in Making Education Affordable

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We've all read the headlines: "College Costs Out of Control," "Tuition Increasing," "Student Debt Passing $1 Trillion." Too many college graduates are starting their careers under a heavy burden of debt.

The good news is that more and more students and their families are recognizing the role community colleges play in making education more affordable. And not just students whose families are facing economic hardships. According to a study by Sallie Mae, 22 percent of college students across America with annual family incomes over $100,000 attended community colleges last year, up from 16 percent four years ago. It's a trend we are seeing locally as well.

From a cost standpoint alone, attending College of DuPage is an economic value. But the benefit goes beyond dollar and cents. COD has become an increasingly popular choice for students, thanks to our career focus, small class size, smooth transfer options and growing public awareness and respect for the college's academic rigor.

Course credits transfer easily. According to the College Board, four out of five community college students transfer to a four-year institution. At College of DuPage, we help students make a seamless transition. COD participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative and has entered into formal transfer agreements with premier four-year universities.

Experienced faculty focused on teaching. College of DuPage students learn from faculty members with a world of expertise -- people who've dedicated their lives to teaching, and are global experts in their fields with real-world, hands-on experience. The common denominator: Our faculty's focus is on teaching and inspiring our students. That expert, individual attention helps ensure student success.

3+1 programs. COD has partnered with premier universities to offer students the most affordable way to earn a bachelor's degree. …