Study: 29 Percent Of College Enrollees Drop Out Before Graduation

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American women born in the early 1980s – a generation dubbed Millennials – are 33 percent more likely to earn a college degree by the age of 27 than their male peers. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

American women born in the early 1980s – a generation dubbed Millennials – are 33 percent more likely to earn a college degree by the age of 27 than their male peers. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Only 4 in 10 students who entered college in 2007 have earned degrees from the school where they started.

That’s according to a review released Monday from the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that works with colleges to verify students’ enrollment and graduation status. More than 3,500 schools cooperated with the review.

Overall, 56 percent of those who started college in 2007 have finished their coursework on any campus. About 29 percent of those who started college that year are no longer taking classes toward a degree.

Graduation rates are one piece of the U.S. Department of Education’s still-emerging college rating system. The Education Department wants to pressure colleges to keep costs down and perhaps link federal financial aid to their performances.

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