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The Current State of Adult Education, an infographic and a snapshot

Posted on 07/31/2014

Fastest growing population

According to Katie Lepi, "there are many, many adults participating in the educational landscape – from the student end." In this blog post on Edudemic External link opens in new window or tab, she offers a bullet point list of the current state of Adult Education in the US:

  • In the US adult education is a $104 billion industry
  • 38% of all postsecondary learners are adult students
  • Adults represent the fastest growing population in higher education
  • The average tuition for community college is $3,131, for public college $8,893, and for private college, $29,056
  • 85% of employers offer some type of reimbursement for tuition
  • The student financial aid and scholarships office awards $320 million in scholarships annually, and 78% of applicants receive some sort of financial aid from them
  • Personal growth, learning something new, and keeping up with the job market are the main reasons adults say they go back to school
  • 80% of baby boomers intent to keep working past retirement
  • 62% of baby boomers think they need to attain new skills to continue working
  • Adult students who go back to school show a 22% return on their investment, as opposed to a 12% return for traditional students

This infographic External link opens in new window or tab offers an-easy-to-follow breakdown of return on investment in education based on the level of educational degree.

Source: Edudemic.com | The Current State of Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab by Katie Lepi - June 18, 2014

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