State funding is an important revenue stream for public institutions of higher education. However, the distribution between two-year and four-year colleges varies considerably by state. According to data recently released by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, less than one quarter (22.8%) of state higher education fiscal support is used to support public two-year college operating funds, […]
In 2019-20, public two-year college students, who comprise 31% of full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment, received 33% of Pell Grant funds, according to an analysis by the College Board. Community college students’ share of Pell grants has held in the 33% range for most of the past 34 years. Over that time span, the sector’s highpoint came in 2011-12 […]
In the 2017-18 academic year, community colleges received 33 percent of all distributed Pell Grant funds even though they enrolled nearly 41 percent of all undergraduates. As shown below, students at community colleges received a smaller share of other federal Title IV funds relative to their share of enrollment. Community colleges enroll an even higher […]
Community college students with Pell grants are less likely to take on student debt than similar students in other sectors of higher education. Read the full PDF.
Nearly three-fourths of American adults support free college tuition for those who qualify for it. Read the full PDF.
Nearly 60 percent of public two-year college students who earn an associate degree are not saddled with student loan debt. Read the full PDF.
According to a recent survey, 49 percent of community college students reported struggling with making ends meet, resorting to taking loans or asking friends, family or charitable organizations for financial help at least once or twice over the past year. Read the full PDF.
Two out of three higher education institutions provide emergency loans to students. Read the full PDF.
Far fewer community college students borrow to pay for college than students at other degree-granting institutions. Read the full PDF.
Forty-four percent of community college students don’t apply for federal student aid because they don’t think they qualify. Read the full PDF.