A large number of institutions or program units have a long history of adaptation to the adult learner student population. For other institutions or programs this effort is more recent. Yet much can be learned from existing program’s experiences with various modes of distance learning, prior learning assessment, and intensive courses, some of. 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.
The projected increase in enrollment from to of Adults 20 or older shows continued growth across genders: females (%) and males (13%). There is a projected increase in enrollment for Full Time (%) and Part Time attendance (%) in the same group of Adults 20 or older from to In , some 6 percent of noninstitutionalized to year-olds who were not enrolled in high school (referred to as adults in this Fast Fact) reported having a certification, 18 percent reported having a license, and 21 percent reported having completed a work experience program.