Housatonic Community College, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was founded 1967 and is a public two year institution. The school is a member of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, which is comprised of 17 schools located throughout the state. The school originally was a branch of Norwalk Community College, but was granted independent status through an act passed by the state legislature.
HCC was given its first permanent campus 1997. Since that time the school has worked to expand its campus to meet the needs of its expanding enrollment, and to remain current and relevant in regards to education.
Housatonic Community College offers a large variety of programs that allows students to choose one that best reflects their goals. Academic transfer programs mirror the curriculum offered during the first two years of a four year education. Once completed, student will apply for transfer to a four year college or university to complete the final two years and earning a bachelor's degree.
Transfer to public schools in Connecticut are made easier through agreements in place that ease admission requirements. Transfer to private or out of state schools will have varying requirements best approached through the assistance of a counselor in order to formulate a curriculum that best meets the requirements.
Career training programs provide an education in a specific industry or field and assist students in developing the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional upon completion.
Students will take both traditional and practical courses as needed by the specific program, with practical courses providing simulated work environments that allow for training under the supervision of experienced professionals. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in an associate degree or certificate which demonstrates competency to potential employers.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Housatonic Community College is an open enrollment institution that allows any individuals who wished to enroll to do so through the completion and submission of the admissions application and payment of all related fees. Students must be eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma, and are asked to supply transcripts and test scores if available. Prior to registration students are encouraged to participate in orientation, meet with a counselor and may be required to take a placement exam.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided by which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine the extent of need and aid program eligibility when constructing the student's financial aid packet.
Aid must be applied for each academic year in a timely manner. Students may be chosen at random to supply additional tax and financial information which will be compared to the FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $3,600-$4,300
- Out-of-State: $11,000-$12,960
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $150-$180 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $450-$540 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||76%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||76%||$4,998|
|Receiving Student Loans||6%||$4,547|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Housatonic Community College may offer student services like:
- Distance learning
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how Housatonic Community College compares against other community colleges in Fairfield County and the community colleges in Connecticut as a whole.
|Housatonic Community College||Fairfield County||Connecticut|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Housatonic Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Housatonic Community College.
- Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT (14 miles away)
- Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT (26 miles away)
- Middlesex Community College in Middletown, CT (39 miles away)
- Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT (43 miles away)
- Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY (47 miles away)