Stressed Out By College? You’re Not Alone!

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A recent survey of students who did not complete their college education revealed that many had a difficult time balancing work, study, and family responsibilities.

A recent survey of students who did not complete their college education revealed that many had a difficult time balancing work, study, and family responsibilities.

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an article – College Dropouts Cite Low Money and High Stress – which explained how difficult it is for some college students to finish their schooling.

Granted, a significant number of students come from families who can pay for their education and don’t have anywhere near the financial pressures many of their classmates are facing today. But, a large number of students receive no financial aid and cannot count on family support and they’re the ones most at risk for dropping out of college.

Public Agenda

The Times based their article on a report from the nonpartisan Public Agenda group, an organization founded in 1975 by author and social scientist Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Public Agenda’s mission is to find out what average Americans think about a variety of issues including religion, politics, education, immigration, and foreign policy.

Public Agenda surveyed more than 600 people, all of whom were between the ages of 22 and 30. This is important to note because high school grads who complete their college education in four years time are usually 22 when they finish. The survey compared people who started their higher education and did not complete it with those who obtained either a two- or four-year degree.

Uninterested Students?

The survey threw out the idea held by many that students who drop out of college aren’t interested in completing their education. In reality, a majority of students must juggle work and school, with some also raising families.

Public Agenda says that six of ten who dropped out received no support from their families while six out of ten people who did complete their education were able to rely upon their families for financial support. Most of those who quit school said that it was too difficult for them to support themselves and pay for their education, thus they had to prioritize making a living right now while delaying or canceling their college plans.

Each of the people surveyed was also asked to rate twelve possible changes that might help them complete school. The top answers included qualifying for student aid, trimming college costs, child care, and offering more classes at night and on weekends. Surprisingly, interest in online classes was low and not many cited the college application process as being an important enough factor to hold up their education.

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