Fewer Students are Going to College

13905987989_4d0401eb9f_zWhile the strengthening economy and return of jobs is usually something to celebrate, it is likely the culprit behind declining college enrollment as more take their changes in the job market.

The number of students enrolling at colleges and universities across the country dropped 1.9% from a year ago, according to a report released Thursday by the National Student Clearing House. College enrollment reached its peak in the spring of 2011, according to National Student Clearinghouse data, and has declined by about 1 million students since.

β€œIn periods of recession a lot of people usually go back to school to improve their workforce skills and in times of recovery enrollments decrease as those students β€” usually older students β€” go back to the workplace,” said Jason DeWitt, the manager of research services at National Student Clearinghouse.

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