ROCKLAND, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — It’s almost that time of the year again – back to school.

While lots of local college students are heading to schools across the country, many are staying in the New York area. In fact, Rockland Community College’s Dean of Enrollment, Karen Gualtieri, says enrollment for the school is up about 6 percent compared to last year’s fall semester.

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“They realize the quality of the education and the transferability of the education,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi.

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Running at about $3,500 a year, Rockland Community College is significantly cheaper than a state school.

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“We are providing you with the education you need to either get a job or to transfer to a baccalaureate,” Gualtieri said.