This is a great article, written by Robert Reich of the San Francisco Chronicle, showcasing how your first 2 years in a community college can be a new gateway to the middle class and success. Students receive the same core education at the community college level, and can then transfer to finish their degree to another University.
"This month, millions of young people head to colleges and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal-arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be. For one thing, a four-year liberal-arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people graduate laden with debt that takes years, if not decades, to pay off.."