Berkeley universities

University enrollment down by a million students

(ABC4) – There are more than a million fewer students at university than before the start of the pandemic. College enrollment has slowly been decrease every year since 2012.

Many students chose not to attend college during the pandemic and found work instead, but now some are struggling to give up their salaries to attend school full-time.

Doug Shapiro of the National Student Clearinghouse said NPR News“The longer they stay away from college, you know, life starts to happen, and it gets harder and harder to start thinking about yourself going back into a classroom.”

Many colleges choose to approach these issues in different ways. Reintegration programs are a way to ensure students can return to school after a long absence due to the pandemic.

Other colleges are offer incentives for students to register. Many community colleges offer grants and scholarships. Other universities have chosen to waive application fees, extend deadlines, and allow students to retake courses they have failed for free.

“Local communities have the most at stake when someone postpones college because their local economies suffer when workers aren’t qualified for the best jobs,” Shapiro said.

The decline in college enrollment may continue, which may have consequences on many different levels.

“You can’t run your business if you literally can’t find people to work in that business,” said Tolani Britton of the University of California, Berkeley. NPR News.

And when businesses struggle, she says, “it has implications for things like lower tax revenues, higher prices for goods and services, delays in the production of services and goods like us. have seen during the pandemic. And a lot of these things will only get worse if there are fewer people to fill the positions.