More Students Are Enrolled in College and on Financial Aid, Annual Report Shows

The number of students enrolled in college and the proportion who receive financial aid are both increasing, as are graduation rates, slightly, according to a report of 2010 data published on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education. The "First Look" report, "Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2010; Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2010; and Graduation Rates, Selected Cohorts, 2002-7," is based on information from 7,165 institutions that receive Title IV federal student aid.

In the fall of 2010, about 22 million undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled in such institutions, compared with 21 million the previous year. Of the 19 million undergraduates in 2010, 56 percent were enrolled at four-year colleges and 42 percent at two-year institutions.

More Students Are Enrolled in College and on Financial Aid, Annual Report Shows