50 Most Affordable Community Colleges

The costs associated with higher education have become a prevalent concern for many prospective students. A TransUnion Consumer Wallet Study reveals that the debt share associated with student loans has tripled between 2005 and 2014 for the 20 to 29 age group. With the nation’s collective student debt peaking at over $1 trillion, it’s no surprise students are seeking affordable education options. These community colleges have been selected and ranked based on a combination of low average in-state tuition and high rates of financial aid being given by the school itself. It is also important to examine prospective institutions for the academics, accreditation, campus culture and distance learning options that fit your personal needs. We’ve included these details with each college listing to help you with your college search.

  1. Coffeyville Community CollegeCoffeyville, KS
    Coffeyville Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $960
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 92%

    CCC is split across three different locations. The main campus is dedicated to the humanities and social sciences, offering programs in subjects like political science, theatre, and education. The two technical campuses located in Columbus and Coffeyville offer programs such as fire science, precision machining, and welding technology. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited this community college since 1972. In addition to campus-based degree programs, CCC offers online Associate in Arts degrees for multiple fields of study.

  2. Clarendon College Clarendon, TX
    Clarendon College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,008
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 41%

    CC associate degrees are accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Athletics at this institution are particularly noteworthy, with multiple student athletes earning national recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association for exemplary academic and athletic performance. CC offers degrees both online and on campus, however, students who intend to take online programs must first pass a SmartMeasure assessment to demonstrate distance-learning preparedness.

  3. Panola College Carthage, TX
    Panola College

    • Average in-state tuition: $600
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 37%

    The Center for Digital Education has listed Panola as a winner of the Digital Community Colleges Survey for multiple years, after examining schools’ online course offerings. The certificates and associate degrees at Panola are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Five degree options are offered exclusively online. The online nursing and medical lab technician degree programs are taught in a hybrid format, with lab and clinical sessions facilitated in-person.

  4. Dodge City Community College Dodge City, KS
    Dodge City Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,200
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 75%

    DCCC is accredited by two agencies: the Kansas Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students attending campus-based courses at DCCC are required to bring their own iPad to use the iConq educational system, which was launched in 2012. Some individual courses are available in distance learning formats.

  5. Independence Community College Independence, KS
    Independence Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,232
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 77%

    ICC is a member of the Academic Quality Improvement Program, which collaborates with multiple Kansas-based colleges on academic and infrastructure improvement projects. This community college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ICC’s 2+2 Program makes it easy for graduates to apply their credits toward a four-year degree at several partner institutions, including Fort Hays State University, Missouri Southern State University, and Pittsburg State University. Degree programs are taught on campus or in a hybrid format, with some individual courses available online.

  6. Lassen Community College Susanville, CA
    Lassen Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,104
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 36%

    Accreditation at LCC is overseen by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. New students can opt to take their initial orientation completely online, so that they can learn more about LCC’s conduct code, academic offerings, class enrollment procedures and financial aid options. Some courses are available in distance learning format, both online or via the U.S. Post.

  7. Mesalands Community College Tucumcari, NM
    Mesalands Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,152
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 47%

    MCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees on campus or through hybrid learning formats using online courses, podcasts, webcasts and television delivery. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools grants accreditation to MCC. Those who wish to pursue equine studies should note this college’s featured equine certificates and degrees, along with the MCC’s rodeo team.

  8. Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
    Trinity Valley Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $900
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 29%

    TVCC has campuses in four different cities in Texas: Athens, Terrell, Palestine, and Kaufman. This institution receives its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Some TVCC courses are available in distance learning formats, which include hybrid courses, online courses offered by the Virtual College of Texas partner consortium, and instructional TV courses.

  9. Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable, MA
    Cape Cod Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $576
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 25%

    To offer degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels, CCCC has partnered with multiple colleges, including Boston University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Wheelock College. This community college offers select courses 100% online or in hybrid format, delivered through the Moodle distance learning system. CCC receives its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

  10. Labette Community College Parsons, KS
    Labette Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,440
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 64%

    This community college offers a wide range of campus-based associate degrees and certificates in fields such as education, graphic design, and exercise science. LCC has also partnered with four nearby colleges to provide online bachelor’s degree programs in subjects like criminal justice, organizational management, and human services. LCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  11. Imperial Valley College Imperial, CA
    Imperial Valley College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,288
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 41%

    Many of the associate degrees offered by IVC are part of the Associate Degree for Transfer program, making it easy for graduates to transfer their credits to other colleges in the California State University system. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges oversees the accreditation for IVC. The Southern California Association of Governments has distinguished this community college with a Compass Blueprint Excellence Award for Prosperity.

  12. Fort Peck Community College Poplar, MT
    Fort Peck Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,680
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 80%

    The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes founded this community college and currently oversee its operations. FPCC has received accreditation from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities and the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. FPCC offers certificates, Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees on campus. Students can also pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees through distance learning programs offered in partnership with University of Mary, American Public University and Western Governors University.

  13. Garden City Community College Garden City, KS
    Garden City Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,696
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 77%

    Students enrolled at this community college can explore certificates and degree programs in general education and humanities on campus. GCCC is part of the eduKan consortium, which offers online courses and degree options provided by six other community colleges in Kansas. GCCC receives its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  14. Stone Child College Box Elder, MT
    Stone Child College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,680
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 74%

    The Chippewa Cree Tribe chartered Stone Child College, establishing the school in 1984. Students can earn associate degrees in human services, applied science, business, computer science, and general studies. Prospective students should keep in mind that the SCC Foundation and Research Department provides several scholarship opportunities for incoming students, such as the Fine Arts Scholarship and the Women in Science Scholarship Fund. SCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

  15. Pratt Community College Pratt, KS
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    • Average in-state tuition: $1,792
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 81%

    Data analytics company SmartAsset has included PCC on its list of Top Ten Community Colleges in the Country, which notes this college’s low tuition and graduation rates. This community college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This academic institution has an extensive selection of technical education certificates and degrees on subjects like automotive technology, wildlife outfitting and operations and Allied Health. Students can also explore online course selections provided by the eduKan consortium of six partner community colleges in Kansas.

  16. Allen County Community College Iola, KS
    Allen County Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,728
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 68%

    Students enrolled at ACCC have the option to take courses online or at two campuses located in Iola and Burlingame. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools grants accreditation to this community college. Aspiring authors should note this community college’s creative writing club and its literary magazine, The Inferno.

  17. Neosho County Community College Chanute, KS
    Neosho County Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,792
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 66%

    International students make up 10% of the student population at NCCC, a community college that places a strong emphasis on its international student services and host family programs. NCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students can earn certificates and degrees completely online, in hybrid format, or in traditional classrooms located at the Chanute and Ottawa campuses.

  18. Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS
    Barton County Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,888
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 76%

    BCCC offers general studies and liberal studies programs across four campus locations in Barton County, Fort Leavenworth, Grandview Plaza, and Fort Riley. Students have multiple distance learning options at this community college: students enrolled in certain majors can take courses through Bart Online; a wide range of general courses are provided by the eduKan consortium of six in-state community colleges; and graduates can continue on into bachelor’s or master’s degree programs with online courses provided by Kansas State University. BCCC is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

  19. Northwest College Powell, WY
    Northwest College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 71%

    Students can select from 85 potential academic fields, three types of associate degrees, and two types of professional certificates offered at this community college. Some courses are available online through the Moodle distance learning system. Northwest College receives its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  20. Colby Community College Colby, KS
    Colby Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,920
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 70%

    Students can explore 60 different academic programs at 24 learning sites throughout Kansas. A 60-acre campus-based college farm provides agriculture and sustainable energy students with ample room for lab projects and hands-on training. CCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  21. Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Liberal, KS
    Seward County Community College and Area Technical School

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,472
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 39%

    This institution offers degree programs across five divisions of study: science and mathematics, humanities, agriculture and personal services, industrial technology, and allied health. Seward is one of six college that participates in eduKan, a consortium of schools that offer online courses that can be used toward the completion of a two-year degree. SCCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission Academic Quality Improvement Program.

  22. Cowley County Community College Arkansas City, KS
    Cowley County Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,829
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 52%

    This institution has humble beginnings, known as the “basement college” since it was founded in the basement of the Arkansas City Junior College in 1922 before relocating to its own campus. Since then, Cowley has flourished into a community college of 6,000 students and 80 degree programs. Some courses are delivered in distance learning formats, including online classes, hybrid classes, and interactive television sessions. Cowley is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission Academic Quality Improvement Program.

  23. Eastern Wyoming College Torrington, WY
    Eastern Wyoming College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 57%

    Prospective students can participate in a unique online tour of the Eastern Wyoming College campus, a nine-video walkthrough of the institution’s facilities. Students can earn a certificate or two-year degree from EWC’s main campus, or from one of the 13 outreach locations, including Upton, Lusk, or Glenrock. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools grants accreditation to EWC.

  24. Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott, KS
    Fort Scott Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,500
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 38%

    Fort Scott prides itself for being the “oldest continuous community college in the state of Kansas,” and since its founding in 1919, this institution has spread to locations in Pittsburg, Miami County and Frontenac. Fort Scott has a small, yet specialized selection of academic study topics, including construction trades, John Deere, HVAC, and truck driving. Some courses are available online via the Blackboard learning system. FSCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Kansas Board of Regents.

  25. Luna Community College Las Vegas, NM
    Luna Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,152
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 27%

    The main campus of LCC, along with its branches in Santa Rosa, Mora. and Springer, offer two-year degrees and certificates in education, humanities, public safety, health sciences, and technology. LCC receives its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Luna Community College earned a $2.8 million federal grant in 2007, which has allowed this college to vastly improve their distance learning offerings. Students can take select courses online with the Blackboard educational system or access student services through the PLATO system.

  26. Central Wyoming College Riverton, WY
    Central Wyoming College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 53%

    This community college is one of the meeting sites for TEDx talks, the national idea-sharing conference known for its viral online videos. A limited number of courses are available through online distance learning formats, including software training and ESL courses. CWC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  27. Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
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    • Average in-state tuition: $1,008
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 22%

    AC offers a significant range of academic tracks, with 143 different certificates and associate degrees to choose from. This community colleges certificate and associate degree programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Amarillo offers some courses in four distance learning formats: telecourse DVDs, completely online, hybrid format, enhanced online courses supplemented by in-person meetings, and interactive TV sessions.

  28. Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY
    Laramie County Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 48%

    LCCC offers 840 different certificate and associate degree tracks across four campus and outreach locations. This community college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Unlike many of the community colleges listed here, Laramie offers some associate degrees completely online, including accounting, general studies and business management. All online courses and degrees can be accessed through LCC’s Desire2Learn web portal.

  29. Highland Community College Highland, KS
    Highland Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,920
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 51%

    This extensive community college system spans 33 locations in Kansas, offering 50 certificate and associate degree programs. They are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students access both individual courses and entire degree program online through HCC’s digital Moodle education system. Prospective students interested in distance learning can also test-drive a demo course online.

  30. Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA
    Springfield Technical Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $750
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 20%

    STCC identifies itself as the singular technical community college in the state of Massachusetts. This academic institution is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Select courses and degrees are available in hybrid format or completely online through the Blackboard education platform.

  31. Western Oklahoma State College Altus, OK
    Western Oklahoma State College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,977
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 55%

    WOSC was founded in 1926, making it the oldest continuous community college in the state of Oklahoma. As of April 2013, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools placed WOSC on probation, however this school continues to maintain its accreditation. Students can earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, or a Certificate of Mastery from WOSC. Students can elect to take some individual courses online.

  32. University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville Batesville, AR
    University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,872
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 38%

    UACCB completed an extensive campus renovation project in 2001, expanding the campus to facilities to 201,361 square feet. This technical institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. When it comes to online degree options, UACCB offers two tracks: an LPN to RN degree online; or an undergraduate respiratory care program offered in partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

  33. Western Wyoming Community College Rock Springs, WY
    Western Wyoming Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 40%

    WWCC provides technical degree and certificate programs at facilities in Rock Springs, the Green River Center, Carbon, Uinta, Sublette, and Lincoln. This community college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. WWCC provides students with ample distance learning opportunities. This college offers entire associate degrees and individual courses online, and they have also partnered with other academic institutions to create hybrid bachelor’s and master’s degree tracks.

  34. Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, NE
    Western Nebraska Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,992
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 53%

    Students can pursue associate degrees, diplomas and certificates at one of WNCC’s three campuses or obtain these credentials exclusively online through the program. This community college ranked first on the “Best for Vets Two-Year Colleges” list published by the Military Times. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools oversees the accreditation of this academic institution.

  35. Frank Phillips College Borger, TX
    Frank Phillips College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,890
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 38%

    This two-year college has campuses and satellite locations in Dalhart, Canadian, Perryton, and Borger, FPC has received its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Students have access to individual courses, tutoring and academic advising online, giving them the option to earn some credits in a distance learning format.

  36. Casper College Casper, WY
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    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 37%

    The 200-acre Casper College campus is the home to 140 certificate and degree programs and over 5,000 students. CC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Digital Learning Center provides students with online course options via the Moodle education platform.

  37. South Plains College Levelland, TX
    South Plains College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,333
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 25%

    The two-year degree programs and certificates at SPC are split across three main divisions: arts and sciences; health occupations; and technical education. Students who wish to explore individual courses delivered in distance learning formats can access curricula online or through interactive television. SPC is awarded accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  38. GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ
    GateWay Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,944
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 37%

    This institution is the first technical college in the state of Arizona, providing students with 125 degree, apprenticeships, and certificate tracks. GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. GateWay also distinguishes itself with a study abroad program that offers trips to Prague, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and France.

  39. North Shore Community College Danvers, MA
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    • Average in-state tuition: $600
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 17%

    NSCC’s three campus locations in Beverly, Danvers, and Lynn provide students with certificate and associate degree opportunities. Corporations are invited to collaborate with this academic institution to create employee training sessions, workshops, and community outreach events. North Shore Community College receives its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

  40. Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
    Holmes Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $2,000
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 40%

    Students enrolled at Holmes can explore technical or academic degrees and certificate programs online, in a hybrid format, or in traditional classroom environments at one of six campus locations in Mississippi. This institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Students can try out a demo online course and enroll in select classes through HCC’s Canvas eLearning system.

  41. New Mexico Junior College Hobbs, NM
    New Mexico Junior College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,296
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 24%

    This two-year college provides 12 associate degree options and occupational certificates in 10 fields. NMJC students have the option of taking select courses online through the Canvas education system. New Mexico Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  42. Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Baraga, MI
    Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $2,160
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 60%

    The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community chartered this two-year college. It is a member institution of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Students have access to three distance learning options: video conferences, courses deployed at campus-based computer labs, and courses delivered via SmartBoards. The institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  43. Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS
    Itawamba Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $2,100
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 51%

    Students can enroll in academic, technical, or vocational majors at Itawamba campus locations in Fulton, Belden, or Tupelo. Some courses are provided through this institution’s eLearning program delivered through the Canvas online course system. ICC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

  44. Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ
    Glendale Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,944
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 33%

    In addition to its vibrant campus environment, students can also take courses delivered in hybrid or online formats through GCC’s distance education system. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the agency that grants accreditation to this college.

  45. Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville, MS
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    • Average in-state tuition: $2,250
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 62%

    Students can access Northeast courses in New Albany, Corinth, Booneville or online through the school’s eLearning Canvas system. NMCC receives its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Students are encouraged to participate in campus-based tours to learn more about attending this two-year college.

  46. Carl Albert State College Poteau, OK
    Carl Albert State College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,878
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 30%

    This small, two-year college has two campus locations in Poteau and Sallisaw. CASC students can also opt to complete degrees in business administration, social science, computer technology, or sociology completely online through the college’s virtual campus. The institution is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  47. Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ
    Eastern Arizona College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,920
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 31%

    EAC celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014, making it one of the longest-running community colleges on this list. This two-year college offers 32 fields of study, including early childhood education, allied health, and administration of justice. Students can also enroll in select courses online through the WebStudy Course Management system. EAC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  48. Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
    Central New Mexico Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,188
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 20%

    This community college identifies itself as the second-largest higher education institution in New Mexico, with campuses located in Rio Rancho, Westside, South Valley, and Albuquerque. There are six academic schools that grant associate degrees, including applied technologies, general education, and public safety. CNM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  49. Sheridan College Sheridan, WY
    Sheridan College

    • Average in-state tuition: $1,896
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 30%

    Sheridan College and Gillette College are both members of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, an academic organization that serves students in Johnson, Campbell, and Sheridan counties. Sheridan is noteworthy for its extensive selection of agriculture programs, with specializations such as agricultural business, science, animal science and food science. Rather than attending all classes on campus, student can opt to take individual courses in distance learning formats via online, hybrid or interactive television delivery systems. Sheridan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  50. Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS
    Hutchinson Community College

    • Average in-state tuition: $2,272
    • Institutional financial aid rate: 55%

    HCC provides associate degrees in several courses of study, including agriculture, industrial technology, business, computers, science and fine arts. Students seeking a traditional classroom learning experience can attend classes at three campus locations in McPherson, Newton or Hutchinson. HCC also provides students with abundant distance learning opportunities, with degree programs and individual courses that can be completed exclusively online. This community college is awarded accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.