The high cost of college dropouts

Nineteen percent of higher education spending goes for students who fail to earn a certificate or degree, according to a new report.

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  1. Crimson Wife says:

    In the linked study, it said that nearly half (43.8%) of students dropped out within 12 months of enrolling in college and almost three-quarters (73.2%) did so within 24 months. That suggests government spending on things like Pell Grants should skew more towards those who are upperclassmen.

    My parents are helping my youngest brother with his law school tuition, but that was predicated on his successful completion of the first year of law school. They weren’t going to help defray the cost until it became clear that he was likely to make it through to graduation with a decent GPA.

    • Restricting them to those whose SAT/ACT scores indicate readiness for serious college-level work would also be nice. Even nicer would be restricting them to fields likely to lead to college-grad-level employment. Those who wish to major in art, anthropology, aggrieved-victim studies, sociology, religion etc, shouldn’t expect taxpayers to support them.