Community colleges are shifting into high gear and putting students in the driver's seat of their educational careers. 

The days of community colleges being the place to hang out, take a few classes and find yourself are slowly drawing to a close.

Starting in 2016 students who want to take classes, and need get their fees waived, will have to maintain a 2.0 or better GPA for two sessions.

The idea is to motivate students to not only to get a reduction in fees, but to get them moving, and keep them moving, on to higher education.

As traditional college tuition continues to rise, more students are using community colleges as a place to fulfill their requirements before transferring up to a four-year, and junior colleges are hard pressed for space.