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.
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