Although Higher Education Institutions Are Aware That Approximately

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Although higher education institutions are aware that approximately half of all college enrollees are non-traditional students, some colleges and universities have yet to provide resources that will increase accessibility and affordability to such a delicate population (Panacci, 2015). Non-traditional students can bear one to seven characteristics: part-time enrollee, financially independent, full-time worker, enrollment delay of greater than one year past high school graduation, having dependents, single parent, or no high school diploma or GED (Kazis, R., Callahan, A., Davidson, C., McLeod, A., Bosworth, B., Choitz, V., & Hoops, J., 2007). The spectrum of non-traditional continues from minimally to highly - including minimally, fitting …show more content…

Statistics Currently, 44 % of the United States post-secondary education students are made up of non-traditional students over the age of 24 (Kazis et. al, 2007). In 2004, over 60% of the United States population between the ages of 25-64 who had no post-secondary education credentials (Kazis et. al, 2007). With the education requirement for the workplace growing, the number of non-traditional students is still on the rise in colleges and universities (Caruth, 2014). In the 2013-2014 academic school year, it was estimated that tuition, fees, room, and board would be $15,640 at non-profit public institutions and $40,614 at non-profit private institutions. For non-traditional students who typically take an average of five years (Cash, 2013) to complete a college degree, if they even complete the degree program, it would cost approximately $78, 200 at a public institution and $203,070 at a private institution, without accounting for inflation (National Center for Education Statistics, n.d.). Statistics also show that more than half of today’s post-secondary student population attend school part-time (Kazis et. al, 2007). Therefore, their outside employement could hinder their qualification for federal financial aid. These statistics show the growing need for non-traditional students to be able to access and afford post-secondary education, and this paper’s aim is to address these

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