Rising tuition costs at two-year colleges are outpacing increases in household incomes across the country, making it difficult for students to get bachelor's degrees, according to a report released today.
The contrast is especially stark in Virginia, according to the report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. From 1999 to 2009, median household income, adjusted for inflation, rose 6 percent statewide while tuition at public two-year colleges increased 94.4 percent.
Over the same time, tuition at four-year state institutions rose more than 60 percent, the report says.
Nationwide, the affected students - more likely to be minorities, from low-income backgrounds and the first in their families to attend college - are 15 percent less likely to finish a bachelor's degree, the report found.