Current College Trends

Who is Going to College?

Applying To College

Students are on a trend of applying to more colleges. Prestigious colleges saw applications rise 7% last for incoming freshman classes according to the Nat’l Assn. for College Admission Counseling.

Full Time vs. Part Time

The Cost of College

Support for Going to College

Work & School

39.8% of full time college students also have a job and 73.4% of part time students have a job. For full time students who work, 37.4% work less than 20 hours a week and 43.2% work 20-34 hours a week. For part time students, 44.7% work 35+ hours a week and 38.6% work 20-34 hours a week.

Scholarships to Target

Don’t overlook the SMALLER scholarships. While thousands of people go after the large scholarship funds, often very few, or no one, go after smaller ones. I spoke recently at a MEChA meeting at Palomar College. One student mentioned that he had spent around 20 minutes filling in a scholarship application to a local scholarship fund that got him a $1,000 scholarship – in large part because not enough people had applied for that scholarship. I’ll devote 20 minutes to fill out a form every day for $1,000!

Loans

For many young people who graduated from high school during the recession, the American dream of life getting better for each new generation feels like a myth according to an Associated Press-Viacom Study released in April of 2012. Yet despite the downturn in the economy, youth today remain optimistic about the future. If you need a little more money for college than grants & scholarships can offer, consider getting a study loan. As of April 2012, 986,494 Latinos had government backed student loans. In 1989, 9% of the households in the USA owed on a student loan. By 2010 that had grown to 19%. In 2011, graduates who took out loans left college owing an average of $25,497.

Gender Trends

In 1967 33% of males aged 18 to 24 were attending a degree granting college or university, while only 19% of females were going. 44 years later females represent 57% of the students in college. For Hispanics it’s 58% and American Indians 59%! The bottom line is that while decades ago many colleges catered to males primarily, today they serve an increasing majority of female students.

Who is Finishing College?

Earning Ability