Phillips Community College already enjoyed a rich history and fine reputation as the first community college established in Arkansas.

Arkansas has over 22 community colleges throughout the state, with seven of those being in the University of Arkansas system, and it was announced Wednesday that Phillips Community College was ranked as one of the very best by Wallethub, a nationally recognized personal finance website.
Phillips was also ranked in the Top 26, in terms of in terms of affordability, according to Wallethub.
In the state of Arkansas, only Arkansas State University at Mountain Home, ranked at 1, and Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden, ranked at 2, were named ahead of Phillips.
Wallethub, which has been around since August 2013, is known for its nationally published ranks of various financial and social topics, such as Most Affordable Cities and Most Affordable States. It is also known as a personal finance advocate with tools for free credit reports, credit scores and credit monitoring.
Phillips emerged ahead of a number of prominent UA community colleges include UA Hope-Texarkana, UA Cossatot, UA Community College at Batesville,  UA Community College at Morrilton, UA Pulaski Technical College, and the UA Community College at Rich Mountain, located in Mena.
Phillips Community College already enjoyed a rich history and fine reputation as the first community college established in Arkansas.
In a public statement announcing their state and national rankings, Phillips said "One of our defining qualities at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) has always been our affordability. It’s equally great when others recognize our efforts to keep our rates low making higher education more attainable for people in Eastern Arkansas."
According to Phillips, based on 2019 tuition and fees per semester, PCCUA’s current cost is $1,510, compared with nearby four-year institutions like the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff at $4,124 and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro at $4,450.
The other major four-year universities in Arkansas are also considerably higher in cost per semester. The University of Central Arkansas in Conway is $4,594 per semester, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is $4,764 per semester, and the recognized flagship campus, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville averages $4,692 per semester.
In its public statement released Wednesday with the announcement, Phillips also said "As college tuition rates continue an upward trend each year, cost ranks high in terms of important factors when choosing where to go to college. Since community colleges offer the same basic classes for the first two years at considerably lower rates than universities, they are a reasonable choice for many. Community colleges allow students the opportunity to save thousands and stay close to home, while getting a college education."