“While the big-name colleges still enroll plenty of stereotypical students, the institutions that serve the bulk of students have seen changes.
The numbers are clear: 37 percent of today’s students are older than 25, according to information collected by Higher Learning Advocates. Almost two-thirds, 64 percent, work while in college. Another quarter or so are parenting. About half, 49 percent, are financially independent.
Almost one in three, 31 percent, live at or below the federal poverty level.”