New Report Finds Millions Fewer College Students Than 10 Years Ago

New Report Finds Millions Fewer College Students Than 10 Years Ago

Millions Fewer – A Shocking 10 Year Change Has Happened

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – A steep decline in the number of high school graduates pursuing higher education is afflicting America. Some people blame this trend on COVID-19, but is the pandemic really at fault? A new report finds the drop started long before the coronavirus disrupted the world.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows roughly 4 million fewer students enrolled in college in 2022 than a decade ago in 2012. While COVID-19 undoubtedly hurt the education sector, it isn’t the only factor to blame for the massive drop in college attendance. Many states began seeing drops in enrollment as long as five years ago.

Some blame the labor market as young people leap straight into the workforce. However, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people between 16 and 24 years old in the workforce is now lower than before COVID-19 hit.

So, why are fewer people going to college now? Perhaps they’re beginning to ask if higher education is worth the investment, not only of time but tens of thousands of dollars. Student debt has become a serious issue in America, leaving a bad taste in prospects’ mouths.

This is a problem for the United States. Individuals who skip college are less apt to enjoy the same quality of life as their degree-holding counterparts, and the effects could negatively impact the economy. Will institutions of higher education change to attract new prospects?

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