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Students opting for community college first

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Cape Fear Community College has seen a 5% increase in student enrollment this fall. School officials said more students are choosing to start their studies at a community college, saving some money before transferring to a four-year university. Community college seems to be a great option for many students on a budget. Cape Fear Community College student Maria Mayorga has big dreams. “I plan on majoring in journalism when I go to Meredith or UNC-Chapel Hill and hopefully get into one of the schools with a major in public relations and a minor in politics.” Mayorga is in the transfer program at Cape Fear, which means once she graduates with an Associates Degree, she is then eligible to transfer to a four-year school. “I really needed a college that was more affordable for me and my family.” Mayorga said. Cape Fear Community College officials said it is a growing trend for students to take the less expensive route to a four-year degree. Cape Fear Community College annual tuition is slightly more than $1,300, versus UNC-Chapel Hill, where the annual tuition rate is nearly $5,000. Mayorga would be saving over $3,000 a year by attending Cape Fear her first two years. School officials said that transferring to a four-year school can be simple. Linda Kasyan, Director of Enrollment at UNCW said, “It’s very easy, they meet with counselors that make sure they meet their prerequisites and all of the appropriate classes." The UNCW Associate Director for the Career Center said employers that contact her are not concerned about the students previously attended institution. “Primarily what they are looking for are a specific skill set.” Like communications skills and critical thinking skills, Mayorga believes Cape Fear has prepared her well. If you would like more information about the college transfer program, you can call your local community college.

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Get all you can at the

Get all you can at the community college...it's so much less expensive. Now that I am at UNCW I have to take out a $15k loan every school year just to pay for tuition and board. The hidden fees is where they get you.