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A first-time freshman making a decision about whether to attend a Junior College or a State University faces many important considerations While there are obvious similarities such as the educated and professional staff diversity for courses of instruction transferable and non-transferable classes and on-campus activities and services there are more than a few differences To demonstrate the similarities and differences I have used as my study schools Chaffey College and California State University San Bernardino A huge consideration for most students is the cost to attend The cost factor is one of the major differences between the schools for an in-coming freshman A full-time student at Chaffey College can expect to pay about three hundred dollars per year for tuition fees or twelve dollars per unit The same full-time student attending Cal State San Bernardino would pay more than six times that amount or one thousand eight hundred and sixty dollars per year That fee is for tuition only and does not include other miscellaneous fees such as parking Health Center fees student union fees and books While these other fees can be astronomical books especially they are very similar at both the Junior College and the University Another consideration that would greatly affect the cost of college would be the on-campusoff-campus living arrangement Attending a local Junior College such as Chaffey is convenient and affordable in that you can maintain your current living arrangement at home with mom and dad and save on expenses The cost of living on-campus in a dormitory or off-campus in an apartment varies with the specific living quarters number of roommates and meal plan choices Costs for this can range from around seven hundred-fifty dollars per month to over two thousand five hundred dollars per month Another primary consideration would be in the types of classes that are offered at each school Both schools offer the basic courses in general education as well as classes that are specialized for
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