Enrolment in community colleges in Oregon is expected to reach a record level when final numbers are tallied in November, it has been announced.
The number of students seeking a college degree in the state's seven universities and 17 community colleges is at an all-time high, despite expected government cuts to higher education funding, the Register Guard reports.
"I think we kind of expected to still see a bit of an increase over last year, but what we're seeing is more than a little bit," Susan Degen, director of the Oregon Opportunity Grant program, told the news provider. "It's absolutely stunning."
In addition, Ms Degen is expecting the number of Oregon students filing the federal application for student aid to rise to a record level.
The news may lead to a number of community colleges looking to invest in improved data collection and data quality tools to help deal with the predicted growth.
Indeed, by the time the financial aid season ends next spring, about 180,000 Oregon students are expected to have filed aid applications - an increase of 12,000 over last year's figures
Posted by Rachel Wheeler