WalletHub News: 2019’s States with the Best & Worst Community-College Systems

WalletHub News: Aug 19, 2019  |  Adam McCann, Financial Writer

University education is out of reach for many Americans, especially those from low-income households. But thanks to community colleges, higher education is more accessible than ever. Compared with public four-year institutions, where tuition and fees cost almost three times as much on average, community colleges offer many savings for students.

Source: WalletHub

Some states make community college even more accessible than usual. Multiple states and numerous cities across the U.S. have started “College Promise” programs that give residents free rides to community college. New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee are some of the states that have joined so far. Such initiatives are proving to be more critical than ever, with college tuition increases outpacing inflation and the need for post-secondary training in most jobs protected to grow through 2020.

Best Community College Systems

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
StateOverall Rank
(1 = Best)
State
1Washington26Oklahoma
2South Dakota27Missouri
3Minnesota28New Hampshire
4Colorado29Nebraska
5Arkansas30Arizona
6Maryland31Kansas
7New York32Louisiana
8Wyoming33Texas
9Kentucky34Virginia
10Tennessee35Connecticut
11New Jersey36Idaho
12Mississippi37Massachusetts
13Hawaii38North Carolina
14Iowa39South Carolina
15Montana40Illinois
16West Virginia41Ohio
17Oregon42Pennsylvania
18CaliforniaN/AAlaska
19New MexicoN/ADelaware
20North DakotaN/AFlorida
21MaineN/AIndiana
22AlabamaN/ANevada
23GeorgiaN/ARhode Island
24WisconsinN/AUtah
25MichiganN/AVermont

Community colleges will be able to help meet that demand. But despite the fact that community colleges offer significant cost advantages, not every state offers schools of the same quality. Drawing on the findings of WalletHub of the best and worst individual community colleges in the U.S., we present a state-by-state ranking of community-college systems below. Read on for the results and a detailed description of our methodology.

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