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Community colleges are losing students older than 24 at disproportionate rates. These students still make up roughly 40 percent of community college attendees. But between 2013 and 2014, the over-24 age group saw a 5.9 percent decline in community college enrollment. In that same period, enrollments fell just 0.5 percent among community college students 24 years and younger.

More students currently attend two-year colleges than did before the recession. But languishing enrollment numbers in the last three years have forced many community colleges to downsize.

Community colleges are particularly sensitive to enrollment figures. Enrollment outstrips all other factors in determining how much state funding a community college receives. Fewer students means fewer dollars. In addition, many community colleges became more dependent on tuition dollars during the recession.

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