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The top 50 community colleges for student financial aid

OnlineCollegePlan.Com has created a ranking that features the Top 50 Best Online Community Colleges for Financial Aid Assistance.

Over half of the US is represented in this ranking that features community colleges in 26 different states. Research editor Derek Graham gathered data on the freshman retention, graduation, and student financial aid rates at every institution and then ranked them according to a composite score that could be as little as 3 (1 percent per criterion) and as high as 300 (100 percent per criterion).

All of the ranked schools have 50 percent or more students that receive financial aid assistance from the federal government, the state or local government, as well as institutional grants and scholarships.

Many of the community colleges that have made the list also provide students each with a personal financial aid advisor. This is more important than many people realize, because students who attend a public two-year college are exponentially less likely to fill out a FAFSA form. Given the fact that many of these students come from low-income families, almost all of them are eligible to receive the Pell grant. A Pell Grant is a subsidy that students can receive if they meet certain requirements, and they’re not obligated to pay it back. This is a huge help for many students, who could receive as much as $5,918 per academic year.

Here are the Top 20 Best Online Community Colleges for Financial Aid Assistance (see for the full ranking and methodology):

20. College of Eastern Idaho (Idaho Falls, ID)

19. Northeast Mississippi Community College (Booneville, MS)

18. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (Superior, WI)

17. East Mississippi Community College (Scooba, MS)

16. West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah, KY)

15. Western Wyoming Community College (Rock Springs, WY)

14. Rend Lake College (Ina, IL)

13. Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington, WY)

12. Vermont Technical College (Randolph, VT)

11. North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, ND)

10. State University of New York at Delhi (Delhi, NY)

9. Northeast Community College (Norfolk, NE)

8. Olney Central College (Olney, IL)

7. Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA)

6. Southern Arkansas University Tech (Camden, AR)

5. Alexandria Technical and Community College (Alexandria, MN)

4. Lincoln Trail College (Robinson, IL)

3. Penn State Beaver (Center Township, PA)

2. Marion Technical College (Marion, OH)

1. Flint Hills Technical College (Emporia, KS)

Material from a press release was used in this report.

eCampus News Staff

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