When most people think of a typical college student, they think of someone who goes
to college immediately after graduating from high school. They may also envision
this young student living in a dorm and completing a degree within four years. However,
in recent years, the picture of a traditional student has changed significantly.
Today, three-fourths of college students no longer fit the traditional model.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics:
- About half of today's students are financially independent.
- 49% are enrolled part-time.
- 38% work full-time.
- 27% have dependents of their own.
- Almost half – 12 million – attend two-year community colleges rather than four-year
Planning for college is exciting and, at times, can be a little overwhelming for
any student. Reduce your stress and start the planning process early.