Why students graduate (or not)

Why do some students graduate while others drop out? Academic preparation is the major factor at four-year colleges and universities, a new study finds, but not at community colleges. At two-year schools, receiving financial aid is the number one factor predicting success.

More nontraditional students are trying to earn college degrees, but it’s not easy to complete college while raising children and caring for elderly parents.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I have no facts or figures on this, but I would be unsurprised if a very large portion of the “drop outs” due to financial aid were actually people in their fourth or fifth year of community college.

  2. It’s becoming fairly obvious that graduation has much – if not most – to do with students motivation and expectations.

  3. I used to be a non-traditional student a few years ago. The reason why I didn’t graduate is because I was self-employed in affiliate marketing and started making six figures a year. It made sense for me to concentrate on work since I was already earning money and to be honest, I don’t have any regrets. Never had to raise kids or take care of older parents; I was and still am only responsible for myself (which is my preference).