With a student body exceeding 6,000, Northern Essex Community College is quickly becoming one of the major post-secondary community learning institutions in the state of Massachusetts. This public, two-year college has two campuses: one located in Lawrence and the other in Haverhill. As a community college, Northern Essex offers programs leading to an Associate in Arts degree as well as an Associate in Science degree. Additionally, the college offers Certification programs in a variety of fields. For those who are considering later pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, the credits attained at Northern Essex Community College are transferable to many major regional four-year institutions. Northern Essex seeks to keep financial costs for students low, so as to give as many Massachusetts residents a chance to pursue a higher education as possible. The average student spends roughly $1000 a semester on the required tuition and fees for a full-time course enrollment.