PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In this economy, it’s not a surprise that the majority of college students attend community and four-year public colleges. But surprisingly, of those under 30, more than 35% attend part time.
College costs are the issue. Although government Pell grants grew, so did college tuition and those grants now cover a smaller portion of college costs. Federal loans, however, cover 43% of undergraduate tuition.READ MORE: SEPTA Union President Releases Video Warning Its Members To Prepare For Possible Strike
During the past decade, college enrollments of minority groups grew faster than those of white students. Women, now in every group, outnumber men.READ MORE: Overnight Shooting In Fairhill Neighborhood Critically Injures 32-Year-Old, Police Say
Eighty-four percent of students own laptops and more use of technology has increased the need to combat plagiarism and illegal file sharing. Of public four-year colleges, 79% have developed plans for combating piracy.
Numbers of foreign students have grown with Chinese students adding a huge 30% in one year, replacing Indian students as the largest group. Find more information on undergraduates in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s almanac issue 2011-2012.MORE NEWS: Flames Rip Through Casale Di Maggio Restaurant In Perkasie
Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio