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December 23, 2016

Older college students face completion crisis

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Forbes reports on a growing trend among college students who begin school after the age of 24 and make up more than 24% of the enrollment population, but who drop out of school at nearly double the rate of younger students. According to National Student Clearinghouse Research data, students aged 30 and up are four times more likely to pursue a credential or an associate degree from higher education than students younger than 30 years old, but even in these categories, older students still finish at a lower rate. Some observers suggest that older students with family, jobs and homes are limited in college options, and thereby quicker to drop out of a program which proves to be too difficult or a mismatch with their personalities or professional goals.

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