Why This Matters

  • 4 TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN VERMONT

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

  • $8,600 AVERAGE IN-DISTRICT TUITION & FEES

    The average Vermont resident paid $8,600 in tuition at public in-district community colleges (this number refers to the 2020-21 school year).

  • 76.9% OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID

    The National Center for Education Statistics revealed that 437,899 students enrolled in two-year programs received some form of financial aid during the 2018-19 academic year.

Our Research

This list reviews the best community colleges in Vermont. We focused on two-year programs that award associate degrees, and we considered both private and public programs. We also considered tuition costs, the course delivery format, and the number of credits required to graduate.

For this list, we narrowed our focus to accredited institutions that enforce high quality standards for their educational programs. Most of the community colleges featured are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). This commission, which is made up of faculty from affiliated institutions, lets employers know that their candidate received an exemplary education. Although it is a regional accreditation, it is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 27hours to write this article
  • 11universities and colleges we assessed
  • 20education programs we compared

The Top 50 Community Colleges in Vermont

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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 2020 data, the highest-paying Vermont careers that require an associate degree were radiation therapists, diagnostic medical sonographers, air traffic controllers, nuclear medicine technologists, and magnetic resonance imaging technologists.

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 industrial engineering technicians, preschool teachers (excluding special education), paralegals and legal assistants, dental hygienists, and veterinary technologists and 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 desktop publishers, chemical technicians, broadcast technicians, morticians and funeral directors, and industrial engineering 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.