The Forgotten 500,000 College-Ready Students
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Every year, 500,000 students at the top half of their high school class are college ready and never get a college credential, not even a certificate. Most of these students attempt college but drop out, so they see only debt but none of the benefits that a degree confers.
The cumulative effects of this loss are immense—5 million lost youth every decade. This is nearly half of the projected 11 million shortfall of college-educated workers needed in the U.S. over the next 10 years.