Community Colleges: Federal Resources supporting Local Opportunities


Who are community college students?



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Who are community college students?

More than 5.4 million students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses at 1600 community or technical colleges—nearly half of all undergraduates in America. An additional 5 million students are enrolled in non-credit courses at those institutions. Total enrollment (10.4 million) at community colleges has increased five-fold over the past 40 years.iii



Overall, a profile of community and technical college students includes:


  • 64% part-time; 36% full-timeiv

  • 57% female; 43% malev

  • 67% white, 12% African American, 13% Hispanic, 7% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1% American Indian or Alaskan nativevi

  • Nearly half of the nation’s minority undergraduate students – 44% of African Americans, 45% of Hispanics, 53% of American Indians, 39% of Asians, 47% of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.vii

  • Average age of all community college students is 29viii, but the median age is 23/24 for credit-enrolled students, down from 26/27ix a decade ago.  One of the largest cohorts attending community colleges is students ages 18/19; they comprise almost 21% of all students.x

  • Average annual tuition and fees of $1,359xi

  • 55.9% of full-time students receive some type of aid from either federal, state, institutional or other sources. 30.7% of part-time students receive some type of aid from either federal, state, institutional or other sources.xii





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