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Community colleges to keep debt low, understanding the basics
I've posted this in the "transfer student" discussion, but also thought some parents may have knowledge of this process as a debt management approach. Son is a raising senior, 3.62 GPA, talented actor.
Son is interested in theater, and there are a couple of BA theater programs in commuting distance. There is also a community college in driving distance. Actor son and I are discussing the concept of a BA vs BFA, so that 2 years at community college could be paid without tapping into smallish (16 K) 529 plan. Then son transfers to 4 year and finishes 5 semesters with all the theater classes and a few other requirements. We're working the numbers right now, and this is the best scenario for the lowest debt. However, what is the best method to ensure that classes taken at community college will actually transfer to 4 year? Son most likely will apply (and audition) at these 4 year schoolsin addition to CC, we just know from net price calculator that 4 years at these schools is more debt than we can swing for 4 years, but 2 years may be OK. Do we work up front with these 4 years schools? We're new to the transfer community college idea, and realize each school is different, but not sure how up front to be with 4 year schools?