College students shed traditional image

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Monday, September 23, 2013

When President Obama talks about the cost of higher education, his mentions of ‘‘college students’’ might often evoke images of teenagers who spent senior year of high school searching for the four-year institution that best matched their personalities, then enrolled and moved into the dorms while Mom or Dad paid the bills.

That idea of a college student spending four luxurious, carefree years studying is passe.

Of the more than 20 million students enrolled at thousands of two- and four-year colleges and universities across the nation, only about one-third fit that traditional description.

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