Despite the escalating cost of college, only 59 percent of Texas students earn degrees in six years, and even fewer finish in four.
The shining ideal of a four-year college experience is increasingly out of reach for many nontraditional students. That has consequences for the state, including rising costs, and for students, with financial aid dollars spread thinner and more debt they must incur along the way.
Over the past 20 years, graduation rates have improved incrementally, Dallas Morning News research shows. The statewide six-year rate stands at 59 percent, up from 48 percent for students who entered college in 1987.