Today's Student

The vision most of us have of typical college students—18-year-olds
on campus full-time—is wrong.

Today's Reality


Many college students are older than 25, and most are balancing school with work and families.



 


Nearly half of first-year students live at or below poverty, making finances a huge concern.


A growing number of today’s students are students of color.


STUDENTS OF COLOR ARE ESPECIALLY LIKELY TO BE BALANCING PARENTING AND COLLEGE:


Few of today’s students study or live full-time at flagship, four-year campuses.

Today's students are struggling to navigate an outdated higher ed system.

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Today's students: older, more diverse, working, raising families and often struggling. Share the facts. #TodaysStudent

Who are today's students?
They're veterans, providers and parents

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The Results


Because of financial pressures and competing obligations, today’s students are less likely to finish higher education.



Despite growing college enrollment among students of color, Blacks and Hispanics have lower levels of degree attainment than Whites.

If we want outcomes for today’s students to change, we must change the way higher ed is delivered to provide all students the support they need to thrive. Federal policy is one key lever that could create incentives for higher education to change. Learn more about what can be done to better meet the needs of today’s students.

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Today’s college students are less likely to finish degrees. Learn why.
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Today’s students face challenges, but are determined to persevere against the odds.

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Why This Matters


Without higher education, it’s less likely today’s students will get a job that pays livable wages or reach their full potential. That hurts today’s students—and our national and global economy.



Today’s students matter to our national economy. Too many are struggling.

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Without college degrees, today’s students miss 65% of jobs and $1 million in earnings. Share the stats.
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Today’s students know degrees matter. But whether parents, veterans, low-income or first-generation students, they face complicated paths.

HEAR A FEW OF THEIR STORIES