Community college has a bad rep for no good reason.
College snobs . . . We've all met them. They are the people that think that community college is for dummies and turn their noses up at people who don't attend appropriately deemed “universities”. Now, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that it doesn't matter where you go to college. If you want to be an engineer, you will get more opportunities if you go to Georgia Tech. If you go to Princeton, you are going to have doors opened for you that people who went to Kennesaw State won't even know existed. However, in a lot of fields, it doesn't matter where you got your degree as long as you have one. That's why I think community college is a great choice. Their courses usually cost just a few hundred dollars per course or less, which means you can gain your degree by paying your own way through college instead of having to take out a loan.
Don't assume that online courses are better
Many adults who make the leap to go back to school instantly go to online colleges because they assume two things:
1. That they are cheaper.
2. That they are easier. I hate to break it to you, but both of those assumptions are incredibly wrong. For example, at the current published tuition rates, the estimated cost of a 4-year bachelor's degree at the University of Phoenix Online Campus is $61,992. So it's not cheaper. Second, online courses are extremely hard. I know, because I took some online courses as an undergraduate at Valdosta State University. It was double the reading, double the homework, and double the tests. Sure, online classes are a great option for adults who work full-time, but make sure you have a clear understanding of what you’re getting yourself into.