Alternatives to College: Comparing 5 Popular Options to a 4-Year College Degree

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Studying at a traditional four-year college is the path to the American Dream, right? Not so fast. While many people do go onto successful careers after university, others drop out or can’t find work after they graduate. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to career preparation. Fortunately, there are other ways to learn the skills to thrive in the job market. From shorter program lengths to learning on the job to serving the country in exchange for training and benefits, you have options when it comes to getting career-ready. To give you a better idea of what educational path might best suit your schedule, budget and career goals, we’ll break down the differences among five popular alternatives to college:
  1. Community college
  2. Trade school
  3. Apprenticeship
  4. Military
  5. No further education
Discover how these college alternatives stack up to a traditional 4-year university when it comes to time, cost, earnings and a host of other important factors.

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