Proof Points: COVID Has Been Bad for College Enrollment — But Awful for Community College Students

When the coronavirus hit in the spring of 2020, student surveys indicated that four-year colleges would be hit the hardest this fall, with many students turning to cheaper two-year community colleges until the pandemic ended. Those surveys didn’t get it exactly right. The actual drop in the number of undergraduate college students is large but community colleges are experiencing the biggest student exodus. And there are increasing indications that low-income students in particular are vanishing from the nation’s campuses.

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