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There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago

The problem is worst in the Midwest and the Northeast

The number of college and university students has dropped for five straight years, to about 18 million in the semester just ended, and no upswing is expected until 2023. What growth does lie ahead will come from places where students are most likely to need more financial aid and support. Read more about how universities and colleges are struggling to stem the big drops in enrollment.

Here’s how enrollment will change, by state, through 2031.

SOURCE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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