Enrollment Down At Pa State Universities

08.05.13 | Bob Price

The Pittsburgh Tribune-review reports that educators see many reasons for the decline, including shrinking birth rates that left fewer high school graduates, an economic rebound that takes students out of classrooms and into jobs and, to the surprise of some administrators, the affordable care act.  Kent phillippe, associate vice president of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington told the newspaper that the Affordable Care Act allows young people to stay on their parents' health insurance policies until they are 26.  Before, college-age students had to be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester to stay on their parents' insurance policies. Phillipe said during the recession, the nation's 1,130 community colleges attracted students who lost work and needed retraining, along with students who planned to attend four-year schools but chose community colleges because of lower tuition.