Projected Adult Learner Statistics. The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) predicts that the rate of non-traditional student enrollment in degree-granting institutions will grow faster than traditional student numbers over the next six years. The NCES projects an adult student population of 9,, by , which will form. By: Jovita M. Ross-Gordon. Adult students have been a growing presence on college campuses during recent decades and there are numerous indicators that these students, often referred to as “nontraditional,” constitute a significant proportion of the undergraduate student body. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data indicate that 38 percent of the enrollment of .
Some 43 percent of adults with a graduate or professional degree, 23 percent with a bachelor’s degree, and 25 percent with an associate’s degree reported having a license, compared with 15 percent of those with some college but no degree, 9 percent of those who completed high school (or equivalency), and 4 percent of those who had not completed high . The percentage of adult learners attending college full-time is steadily increasing. For ages , 54% are full-time students. 34% of those over age 40 are full-time. 5; The average age of Pell Grant recipients is 26 and has been rising for the last 20 years. 6; Students over the age of 25 are the fastest-growing segment in higher education. 7.