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Community Colleges Are Hot

Who is the dark horse of higher education these days? Community colleges, of course.

As the college-cost bubble continues to expand, more and more students and families are distancing themselves from the impending explosion. It appears that a surging consumerist mindset is causing a significant uptick in community college (CC) attendance. Surprisingly, those who are enrolling don't fit the stereotypical profile of the "average" CC attendee. According to an Inside Higher Education article, "Nationwide, 22 percent of college students with annual family incomes over $100,000 attended community colleges last year, up from 16 percent four years ago, according to a study by Sallie Mae." That statistic alone should give traditional four-year colleges pause for thought.

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