Community colleges are an economical way to start and get through the first two years of college. It is important to keep in mind that successful community college students treat community college as part of their four year curriculum. They know the four year college to which they will transfer and what major and coursework they need to follow. They are also keenly aware of the number of courses they must take each term to transfer at the end of two years.
Highly competent academic advising is critical to making a successful two year transition into a four year college. Some colleges provide it while others have advising on demand and let students enroll without consulting anyone. If your teen enters a community college that does not offer excellent counseling and academic advising the entire time they are enrolled, consider hiring a professional college advisor to keep your teen on track and on time. The cost of the advisor pales compared to the cost of an extra year or more in college. Professional advising also lessens the chance that the student will give up and drop out.