Why This Matters

  • 3 TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN VERMONT

    According to College Navigator, Vermont has three institutions that offer two-year associate degree programs.

  • $8,660 AVERAGE IN-DISTRICT TUITION & FEES

    The average Vermont resident paid $8,660 in tuition at public in-district community colleges (this number refers to the 2022-23 school year).

  • 80.6% OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID

    The National Center for Education Statistics revealed that 452,493 students enrolled in two-year programs received some form of financial aid during the 2019-20 academic year.

Our Research

This list features some of the best community colleges in Vermont. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a reputable organization that examines objectives, quality and overall effectiveness of education programs in the northeastern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

The Top 3 Community Colleges in Vermont

Best Community Colleges In Vermont Badge 2023
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Intelligent Pick
Vermont Technical College
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Best Certificate Programs
Community College of Vermont
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Best for Students with Learning Disabilities
Landmark College

What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Vermont

One of the most important factors to consider when pursuing community college is your career potential. According to 2021 data, the highest-paying Vermont careers that require an associate degree were radiation therapists, air traffic controllers, diagnostic medical sonographers, mechanical drafters, and electrical and electronics drafters.

Associate degree holders searching for a job in Vermont should consider which careers have high employment rates. The top five careers with the most job openings for the upcoming decade are preschool teachers (excluding special education), paralegals and legal assistants, dental hygienists, radiologic technicians, and veterinary technicians.

While some occupations are projected to have higher employment rates, others are projected to decline. The jobs that are expected to have the greatest decline for associate degree holders in Vermont are electrical and electronic engineering technologists, calibration technologists, and broadcast technicians.

What’s Next?

While reviewing different community colleges, you should keep in mind the cost of higher education. Below is a list of federal and state resources that connect students to scholarships, grants, and financial aid opportunities available to Vermont associate degree students.

  • Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). VSAC helps students receive funding for their education by providing information about Vermont-based grants, scholarships, and financial aid resources.
  • Federal Student Aid. Every year, the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid offers over $120 billion in scholarships, grants, and loans. Students can view their eligibility by visiting the FAFSA4caster, and they can apply by completing the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, connects users to information about the scholarships and grants that are available in every state. This information includes the award amounts, qualification requirements, and application deadlines. You can filter your search by degree level and location.