October 15, 2008

Community, public college enrollment up due to bad economy

Posted in Student Loan News at 11:56 AM by Joe From Boston


In what is probably not a surprise to anyone trying to pay for college at the moment, the Boston Globe is reporting that:

“Undergraduate enrollment at [Massachusett’s] public universities and colleges climbed more than 4 percent this fall as a slumping economy sent thousands of students searching for lower tuition costs.”

Enrollment is up 7% over last fall, reaching an all-tiome high of 176,314.

“Community colleges saw the greatest surge, with enrollment at the 15 two-year schools rising more than 5 percent. The increase continues a decade-long climb, with overall enrollment rising 30 percent over that time.”

Ironically, the schools are facing a major budget cut (along with nearly every other state department) as Gov. Deval Patrick scrambles to balance the budget and keep the state solvent.

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