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Completion Statistics

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,

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.