Figure from NYTimes
As of July 1, 2008 tuition is $108 per credit (to a maximum of $1,620 per term, based on a 15-credit maximum); and the general services fee (see below; set at 22 percent of tuition) is $25.92 per credit( to a maximum of $388.80 per term).So that's just over $2,000 for a semester or roughly $8,000 for a two-year degree. Not each, but compare that to a semester at a typical four-year school.
Interestingly, a down economy usually has the reverse effect at two-colleges versus four-year colleges and universities. We're seeing a spike in enrollment. Community colleges are one of this country's best kept secrets - a quality education at an affordable price.
Higher Education May Soon Be Unaffordable for Most Americans, Report Says
The rising cost of college — even before the recession — threatens to put higher education out of reach for most Americans, according to the biennial report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
Over all, the report found, published college tuition and fees increased 439 percent from 1982 to 2007 while median family income rose 147 percent. Student borrowing has more than doubled in the last decade, and students from lower-income families, on average, get smaller grants from the colleges they attend than students from more affluent families.
“If we go on this way for another 25 years, we won’t have an affordable system of higher education,” said Patrick M. Callan, president of the center, a nonpartisan organization that promotes access to higher education.