COVID-19 Threatens College Fall Enrollment

…as 95% of incoming students say they would expect a decrease in the cost of attendance if coursework moves partially or fully online. As students finish up an online spring semester, a clear dislike for remote learning has emerged; students perceive the value of online coursework as significantly lower than in-person classes. 62% of respondents say they are less likely to enroll in the fall if their school offers no additional financial aid resources for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools waiving student fees/ administrative costs or significantly reducing the cost of attendance are more likely to retain all of their freshman commitments. 42% of respondents indicated that they would not delay their education under any circumstances, and will seek schools that financially adapt to their preference.

Likelihood of Fall Enrollment under Different Financial Scenarios

Data: Carnegie Dartlet Full 2020 Report, Data Tables
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