2-Year / Community College / Junior College Pathway

  • Depending on the year, approximately 12-18% of graduating seniors from Cherokee Trail attend a 2-year college, community college, or junior college after high school. 2-year colleges offer the opportunity to earn a certificate or Associate’s Degree before entering into a career, or students can transfer to a 4-year college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Beginning at a 2-year college is a financially sound choice that also offers students the opportunity to bridge the gap between high school and college/university or the world of work.

  • Should I still complete the FAFSA?

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    Yes! Financial aid from the FAFSA can be applied to any accredited, not-for-profit institution of higher education. This includes community colleges and junior colleges. Apply for the FAFSA early, even if you have not yet applied.

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  • How do I know which school is the best fit for me?

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    Just like a 4-year university, it is recommended you visit the campus of each school in which you are interested. Other things to consider are programs offered/gtPathways, distance from home, housing availability (if necessary) and cost.

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  • Can I transfer to a 4-year college/university from a community college/junior college?

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    Absolutely! This is why it is important you still attend a senior conference with your counselor. Review the gtPathways or Bridge to Bachelor’s  link in this Schoology folder to explore different options for Guaranteed Pathways in your intended major. You can also complete your general education requirements then transfer to a 4 year college to begin a chosen major.

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  • How do the concurrent enrollment credits I have earned at CT transfer to 2-year colleges?

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    Any concurrent enrollment credits you have earned should transfer to community colleges or junior colleges in the state of Colorado as long as they are transcripted by an accredited institution (ie. CCA).. Always speak to an admissions representative at the college level about CE credits; they can also help you through the process of having your transcript showing CE credits sent to the institution you will be attending. If you have earned 9 or more CE credits by the time you graduate from CT, you may be eligible for the ASCENT program. Contact your counselor if you are interested in more information about ASCENT.

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  • Can I attend a 2-year college out of state?

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    Yes! Many CT students often make this choice. If you are looking out of state for a 2-year/Community College/Junior College, be sure to research the cost of attendance and living, as well as transfer options to a 4-year college in Colorado or elsewhere.

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Resources for 2-Year/Community College Pathway

  • 2-Year/Community College/Junior College Pathway