Why community college enrollment may be declining

08/5/2013 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Enrollment has declined at most Pennsylvania community colleges. Some reasons for the drop could include an improved job market, higher interest rates for student loans, and -- maybe surprisingly -- the Affordable Care Act. "Some community college administrators say the health care law might be contributing to declining enrollment," said Kent Phillippe, associate vice president of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington. Before the health care law, students could stay on their parents' insurance if they were enrolled in 12 credit hours, but the Affordable Care Act allows all young people to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26, regardless of college enrollment.

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