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Fewer Students Are Going To Community College, Despite High Unemployment

Often during a recession, enrollment in community colleges goes up. The first numbers for this fall show a decline — down nearly 8% compared with last year.
Students at Grand Rapids Community College pass out t-shirts to promote virtual student life offerings during the fall semester. Source: Elissa Nadworny

Enrollment at U.S. community colleges has dropped nearly 8 percent this fall, newly released figures show, part of an overall decline in undergraduate enrollment as students face a global pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades.

Often, enrollment in higher education spikes in times of high unemployment and recession,

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