People go to school to get better jobs and learn new skills; however, those who enrolled in college during the recession had a lower rate of earning their degree.

During the recession from 2007 to 2009, college attendance had increased from previous years. However, years later about 52.9% of students took six years to earn their degrees since enrolling in 2009. That's down from the 56.1% who enrolled in 2007. 

According to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, barely half — 52.9 percent — of students who enrolled in fall 2009 had earned a bachelor’s or associate degree six years later.

The decline was bigger for some groups than for others. Among traditional students — full-time students who were 20 years old or younger when they enrolled — the six-year graduation rate was 68.3 percent, down only a bit from 2007.

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