Education

NC’s community colleges

President Barack Obama called for free community college tuition Tuesday night during his State of the Union address. Here’s a look at the community colleges in North Carolina, by the numbers.

• 58 – number of community colleges across the state



• 40 – percentage of wage earners in North Carolina who attended a community college here in the past decade



• 810,000 – number of people in 2013-14 who enrolled at a community college for a course or program



• 321,158 – number of people in 2013-14 who enrolled in degree, diploma or certificate programs



• 30 – number of minutes, at most, it takes for any North Carolinian to get to a community college campus or remote site



• $72 – tuition dollars charged per credit hour for North Carolina residents



• $1,152 – tuition dollars charged per semester for full-time students from North Carolina



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