Monday, October 11, 2010

Finishing the First Lap: The Cost of College Dropouts

Finishing the First Lap: The Cost of First-Year Student Attrition in America’s Four-Year Colleges and Universities revealed that, over the past five years:

  • States appropriated almost $6.2 billion to colleges and universities to help pay for the education of students who did not return to school for a second year.
  • States gave over $1.4 billion to support students who did not return to their college or university for a second year.
  • The Federal government provided over $1.5 billion in grants to support students who did not return for a second year.
  • In Ohio, the cost for college freshmen who dropped out after their first year in college was $300 million.

Chancellor Eric Fingerhut, of the Ohio Board of Regents, views this issue as top priority:

“The goal is not to enroll people. The goal is to graduate them. Freshman to sophomore retention is key to the graduation rate. We are totally committed to it.”



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