Adult students have been a growing presence on college campuses during recent decades and there are numerous indicators that these students, often referred to as “nontraditional,” constitute a significant proportion of the undergraduate student body.
When imagining the beginning of a postsecondary experience, one pictures hundreds of students showing up on campus, moving into their dorms and bidding their parents goodbye to begin their independent lives. However, that image has shifted in the past 10 plus years as an increasing adult population arrives on college campuses (either physically or online).
The percentage of adult learners attending college full-time is steadily increasing. For ages 25-29, 54% are full-time students. 34% of those over age 40 are full-time. 5; The average age of Pell Grant recipients is 26 and has been rising for the last 20 years. 6; Students over the age of 25 are the fastest-growing segment in higher education. 7.
Although community college students college students in 2008 earned a College Board Research Research Brief April 2016 Trends in Community Colleges: Enrollment, Prices, Student Debt, and Completion Jennifer Ma Sandy Baum. The College Board. The Urban Institute Highlights • In fall 2014, 42% of all and 25% of full-time undergraduate students.
The Rise of Adult Students. There has been a marked increase in the number of adult students enrolling in college programs across the country in the last 10 years. It all started with the major economic downturn in 2008, which was accompanied by widespread job losses.