Taking the community college route to a four-year university can save you thousands of dollars — and these six schools can boost your odds of a successful transfer.
For the 2016-2017 school year, average tuition and fees at a community college were $3,520, according to The College Board. In comparison, students who qualified for in-state tuition at a four-year school were paying $9,650.
And those going to a four-year private school shelled out even more for tuition: $33,480.
Even with the lower costs, experts say making the transition from a community college to a bachelor's degree program is no easy feat. Students grapple with family and work obligations, and often additional prerequisite courses.
In fact, only 16 percent of students who began at a two-year school in 2010 were able to complete their education at a four-year institution by 2016, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
"These schools have high mobility rates," said Josh Wyner, vice president at the Aspen Institute and co-author of The Transfer Playbook. "Many students made their way from the community college to a four-year school and had high levels of bachelor's degree attainment."
Here are the standout schools, according to The Transfer Playbook.