OregonDeadIf I had to do it over I probably would have started at C.C. First semester at a fancy 4 year school was pretty rough and an expensive way to get started in college.
The cost of C.C. is so much less and people can still get scholarships and financial aid. .
honestly the most expensive part of college, by far, for me was room and board. I went to an out of state school and tuition was a blip because of all the scholarships i managed to get... and i only had a 3.2 GPA. I got scholarships for which i was not qualified for, and for which major i was not in. I just literally applied to everything.
I know a lot of people who went down the CC rabbit hole and never emerged. On the flip side, one of my best buds spent 3 years at a CC while selling bud full time and managed to save enough money to put himself through USF for his final 2 years of school. You just have to be very motivated to get through it with great grades, but you do miss out on a lot of college life.
that said, I wish i would have played ball at one of the Jucos that was recruiting me, killed it on the field and/or in the classroom and gone to a much better school than what i did. But hey, hindsight is 20/20.