Is community college cheaper?
It may not be.
Starting at a community college may not save you money. If you transfer to WWU after the first two years, your out-of-pocket expense could be more than $4,000 higher than if you attended WWU all four years.
Because of the freshman achievement scholarships and other cost advantages you’ll miss out on by not starting your college career at Walla Walla University, you could end up paying more out of pocket when you transfer from community college. Take a look at an example of how this plays out over four years.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Total out-of-pocket cost|
|2 years at community college, 2 years at WWU||($742)||($1,742)||$14,382||$14,382||$26,280|
|4 years at WWU||$5,482||$5,482||$5,482||$5,482||$21,928|