Dropouts Rate Soaring but Students Have Faster Cheaper Options to Complete Degrees.

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Recent Survey Found Cost of College Forcing Students to Drop Out. Options Exist but Students Are Not Aware of Them.

68% of the drop outs who responded to an online survey by TheDegree.com and TheCareerPeople.com stated that they blamed financial circumstances and lack of time for dropping out.

According to the Department of Education only 50% of all freshman will graduate within five years. Looking closer the number reveal that only 41 percent of low-income students entering a four-year college graduate but 66 percent of high-income students did. That gap is growing.

There is an option that most students are unaware of.

TheCareerPeople.com claims there are less expensive alternatives to getting the diploma. Three Regionally Accredited US programs allow students to test out of an entire degree or use work experience to show they already know what is offered in college courses.

Sheila Danzig, founder of TheDegree.com said, "Students need to take advantage of what is available to them to insure that they have the best chance at successful career. Many can test out of courses over a summer break and take less time to complete a degree"

Dropouts cost themselves and society a great deal of money.

While there is a high cost to stay in college today there is a higher cost to drop out.

According to the American Institutes for Research last year alone resulted in the following due to dropping out:

  • $3.8 billion in lost income;
  • $566 million in lost federal income taxes; and
  • $164 million in lost state income taxes.

According to the Department of Education only 50% of all freshman will graduate within five years. Looking closer the number reveal that only 41 percent of low-income students entering a four-year college graduate but 66 percent of high-income students did. That gap is growing.

One of the dropouts wrote: "I could say family obligations caused me to drop out. But the truth is that if I did not have to work to pay what the loans and scholarships did not cover I could have handled the family obligations fine."

Another stated: "I just could not keep up with my class work while working 30 hours a week."

Drop outs are very costly over the lifetime of the student. Looking at the American Institutes for Research numbers by state reveals that In California, for example, “college dropouts are losing nearly $15 billion in earnings over their work lives, costing the federal government more than $3 billion in lost income taxes.” Texas and New York “are losing more than $13 billion in earnings over their lifetime and more than $2.5 billion in federal taxes.”

For more information on these options go to TheCareerPeople.com/

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