Did you know….
- 60% of community college students work 20 hours per week
- 25% of community college students work 35 or more hours per week
- 23% of all college students have dependent children
- 62% of all college students who drop out are responsible for paying for their own education
- 30% of students who drop out still must repay student loans
- 60% of community college students are enrolled part-time, limiting their financial aid and benefit options, including access to health care
- According to a recent survey of students who did not complete their community college studies, 54% needed to work to support themselves or families and could not balance work and classes
Source: “With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them,” A Public Agenda Report for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, www.publicagenda.org/theirwholelivesaheadofthem
More Reasons to Complete Your Degree
Reason 1: Students who complete an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.
Reason 2: Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.
Reason 3: A degree shows you can finish what you start, a trait that rubs off. Children of college graduates are more likely to graduate themselves.
Reason 4: New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY two-year college with an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college.
Reason 5: By 2018, we will need 22 million new college graduates—but if we don’t improve our graduation rates, we will fall short of that number by at least 3 million associate or higher degrees.
Reason 6: A new study found that 5.6 million jobs requiring a high school education or less were lost during the recession and that the U.S. shed another 230,000 low-skill jobs during the recovery.
Reason 7: Students who don’t complete their degrees may have student loan debt but are more likely to have trouble paying it off.
Reason 8: Only students who complete their degrees can join the ranks of NY Times Best-Selling Author Kim Edwards ’78, America’s Most Wanted Host and Human Rights Activist John Walsh ’65, and Cayuga Community College Professor John Lamphere ’74—Cayuga Community College graduates.