With Higher Ed In Limbo, Students Are Switching To Community Colleges
Even before the pandemic, a small but growing number of university students looking for a cheap way to knock off a few general education requirements took the classes at their local community colleges in the summer. The strategy even has a name: “summer swirl.”
Now, far more students are signing up at or considering community colleges for not only the summer, but also potentially the fall, according to student surveys and enrollment figures from schools.
If they’re going to have to pay for coursework that remains online, students who are part of this growing “corona swirl” movement said, they might as well do it at community colleges that charge less than half as much for it. Many are also looking to save money as the coronavirus devastates the economy and millions of people have lost their jobs.