Source: Data included in recently released financial aid tables from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), which is conducted every four years.

The effects of the recession: Right after the most recent recession marked the peak in the percent of community college students receiving federal aid. But the recession also appeared to have cooled employers’ willingness to pay the college costs of their employees. (Read the PDF.)

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About the Author

Kent Phillippe
Kent Phillippe is vice president for research and student success at the American Association of Community Colleges.