Sarah Ancel serves as senior vice president and interim leadership for Complete College America CCA , a national nonprofit whose mission is to leverage its alliance of states, systems of higher education, institutional consortia and partner organizations to close achievement gaps and provide equity of opportunity for all students to complete college degrees and credentials of purpose and value. In fact, according to the Lumina Foundation , a full 38 percent of undergraduate students are older than 25, 58 percent work while enrolled in college and 26 percent are raising children. Regardless of the facts, however, that traditional, younger image still persists, making the idea of a return to school intimidating for many older adults seeking to switch careers or enhance their skill sets by enrolling in college. Not only might they feel out of step with their younger peers, but they face the additional challenges of financing their educations and balancing work and family time along with their studies. This guide provides tips for easing this transition, paying for college and addressing the hurdles that may arise in a midlife return to college.
First-generation college students in the United States
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First-generation college students in the United States are college students whose parents did not attend college. In the NCES reported that the following percentages of college students by age had parents whose highest education level was high school or less. The NCES report for the — school year states the shares of undergraduate students whose parents' highest level of education was high school or less by dependency and marriage status. According to the NCES report for the — school year, the share of undergraduate full-time employed undergraduate students whose parents' highest education level was high school or less was
In a new book by Nathan Grawe entitled Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education , the author develops a higher education demand index HEDI that looks at the slowing growth in the number of traditional-age students graduating from high school. His method accounts for the growing number of Hispanic students and their lower likelihood for pursuing higher education. The puzzle is how many of those students will go on to college.