Colleges are luring older students with “extras like on-campus child care, evening office hours, and commuter lounges,” writes the Boston Globe.
Broadly defined as financially independent, working adults, nontraditional students age 25 and up now make up 38 percent of postsecondary enrollment, compared with 28 percent in 1970, according to US Department of Education estimates. On many campuses, they have become the majority. Only about a quarter of the nation’s 14.9 million undergraduates fit the ”traditional” mold of enrolling right out of high school, attending full time, and relying on their parents’ purse strings.
Many people drop in and out of college for years in pursuit of a degree.