U.S. Leadership in Higher Education Waning

Two new reports show that fewer Americans are enrolling in colleges, which are increasingly costly.

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  • 34 percent: Portion of Americans ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college
  • 53 percent: Portion of Koreans ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college
  • 439 percent: Increase in the cost of higher education from 1982 to 2007
  • 49: Number of states graded F for college affordability
  • 24 percent: Projected share of family budget spent on college by 2036

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Sources: National Report on Higher Education, National Association of State Universities & Land Grant Colleges