College Enrollments Decline

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports* college enrollment declined for the eighth consecutive year.  Data set includes enrollments at 97 percent of degree-granting postsecondary institutions that are eligible to receive federal financial aid.


-Overall decline this spring compared to last year was 1.7 percent (300,000 students)

-Community colleges continued their enrollment slide with a 3.4 percent decline

-Four-year publics declined was just shy of 1 percent

-Four-year privates actually increased 3.2 percent however, most of this increase was due to the conversion of large for-profits to nonprofit status e.g. Grand Canyon University.

States with the largest decrease in student enrollment numbers were Florida, California, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

*Full report can be accessed at;

Strategies for Improving Student Success

Enrollment isn’t colleges’ biggest problem. It’s completion. It’s still the case that nearly a third of students at four-year institutions don’t have a degree after six years.  And these students disproportionately come from lower-income backgrounds. Students from the lowest income families have about an 11 percent chance of graduating from college within six years.
There are, of course, many reasons why students drop out or fail out. The factors that the public often blames for this — academic unpreparedness and disengagement among students and misplaced priorities among faculty — however, turn out to be far less important than non-academic factors. These include cost, including opportunity costs, competing demands on students’ time, wasted credits (when students transfer or shift majors), various life issues, and a lack of a sense of belonging. Transportation issues, childcare issues, work and family responsibilities, add to the challenge.

So what is to be done?

Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement # 120 – Announcement of Applicable 2019 GE Compliance Dates

On June 18, 2018, the Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal Registerthat allowed additional time, until July 1, 2019, for institutions to comply with the requirements of the Gainful Employment (GE) regulations in 34 CFR 668.412 (d) and (e). In this electronic announcement, we remind institutions that they will soon need to comply with these provisions. Specifically, beginning on July 1, 2019, affected institutions will be required to provide a prospective student or a third party acting on behalf of the prospective student, as a separate document, a copy of the disclosure template before the prospective student signs an enrollment agreement, completes registration, or makes a financial commitment to the institution.

ED Releases Campus Based Funding Notices

ED released 2019-2000 award year, campus based (FWS and FSEOG) funding notifications* to participating schools.  NYS schools (213) received FWS allocation of $99,252,996 and (250) received FSEOG allocation of $61,930,030.  The represents about 10% of the FWS national allocation and about 13% of the FSEOG national allocation.


The above link displays allocations, by school.