Ever since the economy nose-dived in 2008, enrollment at Harrisburg Area Community College has increased dramatically.
In 2008 enrollment at HACC’s 5 campuses was 19,866. Last year enrollment hit 22,529. This year enrollment is expected to come in at 25,000 students!
Community college offers students a close to home and much less expensive educational alternative versus going to one of Pennsylvania’s universities and staying in a dormitory or apartment. The cost per credit hour and the ability to avoid paying for room and board, on top of tuition, is economically achievable for many students.
Montgomery County Community College has also experienced an enrollment boom from the bad economy. Our own West Campus here in Pottstown continues to exceed enrollment expectations.