WYOMING – Community colleges are growing fast in popularity with tuition rates across the nation soaring out of sight for many higher education-bound students and their families. Community colleges offer students the ability to receive higher education without having as much financial strain.
During the 2018 to 2019 academic year, tuition and fees for full-time, in-state enrollment at a public two-year college averaged $3,660 per year versus $10,320 at a public four-year institution and $35,830 at a four-year private school. Students who earn their general-education credits at a community college before transferring to an in-state public four-year university can potentially save a lot of money.
With this in mind, WalletHub analyzed community colleges across the country to find the best schools and the best school systems by state. Wyoming managed to rank #8 in best community college systems by state in the annual survey that looked at several data points including weighted average of scores earned by the community colleges in each state and the number of students enrolled in each school.
WalletHub crunched numbers provided by National Center for Education Statistics, CNBC, US Department of Education, Council for Community & Economic Research and College Measures.
Wyoming had seven community colleges represented in the survey out of 710 total in the US studied. They were Sheridan College (#22), Northwest College (#50), Casper College (#110), Central Wyoming College (#171), Laramie County Community College (#164), Western Wyoming Community College (#320), and Eastern Wyoming College (#513).
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