Employment top reason why college students drop out, US study finds

December 14, 2009

According to a new US survey, 71% of respondents who had dropped out of college said that work was a factor in their decision to quit, and over half said it was a major factor. About 35% of those who quit school said they had tried to balance work and study, and found it too stressful. The survey's results build on a growing body of research showing that part-time students -- who represent nearly 40% of undergraduates in the US -- and those who have to work generally fare worse than do their full-time peers. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the full report