Four Community College Graduates Who Went on to Become World-Famous

Attending community college gives students a huge benefit in terms of lower tuition fees. But despite the thought that they could greatly reduce college costs and potential debt, many students don’t even consider going to a community college. There are many myths surrounding community colleges that get in the way of the real benefits they offer. Are community colleges really as bad as they are made out to be? These famous people who went to community college can definitely prove otherwise.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks - famous people who went to community college

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Tom Hanks, a multi-millionaire Hollywood star and two-time Oscar winner worth an estimated $350 million may have graduated from California State University but he credits much of his success to Chabot College in Hayward, California where he started his education.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry - famous people who went to community college

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Halle Berry, a Hollywood star—known for such films as Monster’s Ball, X-Men, and Cloud Atlas—is worth an estimated $80 million. The Oscar-winning actress studied broadcast journalism at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

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Former governor of Alaska and worth an estimated $12 million, Sarah Palin’s academic years spanned five different schools, including two community colleges—Matanuska-Susitna College and North Idaho College in Alaska.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

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Famous actor, director, and producer with a net worth of $375 million, Clint Eastwood was a business major student at Los Angeles City College. Eastwood is perhaps best known for his films Dirty Harry, the Dollars trilogy, and Million Dollar Baby.

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