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New England College Enrollment Is Down Significantly Amid Pandemic

Eric E. Castro

Enrollment declines at many New England colleges during the pandemic are putting further pressure on financially struggling institutions.

The New England Commission of Higher Education says the number of full-time students at more than 20 colleges dropped more than 20 percent this September. That’s compared with the previous year.

The pandemic has hit community colleges and many of the students they serve particularly hard, the Boston Globe reports. Many students are opting out because of remote learning or difficulty paying tuition because of job losses.

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