With the cost of tuition, books, fees, and room and board rising each year, the increasing financial burden of attending a four-year college can serve as a deterrent for many in pursuit of higher education. While financial assistance is available to students that qualify, as the demand for aid increases, the number of students who qualify for financial assistance decreases. This presents a growing problem for students who would have previously had the opportunity to receive financial aid to help pay for the cost of a four-year institution.
Community colleges can serve as a bridge to four-year institutions for many reasons, but most notably for cost. The cost savings associated with attending a community college is in the thousands, offering a viable, cost-effective alternative for students who want the option of pursuing higher education. While cost is an important component when considering options for higher education, it is only one of the pros of attending Pamlico Community College.
For students coming straight from high school, Pamlico CC offers a location that is close to home, friends, and family. So you can focus on your studies without the uncertainties associated with moving, living on your own, and adjusting to a new environment. Additionally, many recent high school graduates are unsure of their next steps. Due to the small size, faculty advisors at PCC are able to work with each student individually, allowing the student to enter a program or degree that best aligns with his/her interests.
For working adults deciding to continue their education, one of the benefits of attending PCC is also location. Many working adults have the responsibilities associated with a family, career, and school, PCC’s location provides a better opportunity for those students to effectively balance such responsibilities. PCC also offers flexible class schedules, benefiting those students who are might be working during the day and only have the option of attending evening classes.
The easiest way to find out about our programs and if PCC is right for you is to come talk with us. This past Saturday, Pamlico CC held its annual Open House, where members of community came to campus and talked to our faculty about the educational, career, and technical options available to them. Potential students with a variety of backgrounds, from high school students, recent high school graduates, current college students, and working adults utilized these resources available to them and many found their next steps.
“Studies and surveys show that the earlier students connect with their advisors to start the advising and registration process, the longer they persist and the better they perform in their academic programs,” says Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina, Vice President of Instructional Services and Chief Academic Officer. “These advisors,” says Dr. Fraser-Molina, “also serve as references and advocates within the college community and the outside world, whether it is an employer or transfer institution.”
If you were not able to make it to PCC’s Open House, or would like more information about programs, come to our registration event on Wednesday and Thursday, August 12 and 13 from 8:30 am to 7 pm. To learn more about PCC, please contact Cristy Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252.249.1851 × 3014, or visit www.pamlicocc.edu.