Parents Choosing Cheaper Colleges, Compromising Quality Education?

November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT


The Gojevic family attended an open house at Niagara County Community College Thursday. They are among many across the nation plotting how they are going to pay for college tuition. They have six children with three on their way to college.
Alternatives to expensive private universities and four year colleges are an essential option.

"With the economy the way it is community colleges and the public colleges certainly are a lot more attractive!" says Stephen Gojevic.

"A lot of people I know are starting here. I actually know three who graduated with me, or the year before me, that are actually going here for the same program," said Katie Gojevic, Stephen's daughter.

Kathy Saunders is the Director of Admissions at NCCC, she says the two year college trend is catching on with families across the Western New York.

"Oh enrollment is booming!" said Saunders.

"You save a ton of money if you start at the two-year school plus I'm not quite sure if sports management's the right fit," added Jeffrey Johnson, a prospective NCCC student.

Saunders says there are a lot of misconceptions about community colleges. one being that the education provided is somehow less than what you'd get at a four-year university. But she says community colleges adhere to the same strict SUNY guidelines as four year institutions, only they also offer career training degrees and transfer opportunities, among other things.