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Indiana is having fewer students attend college 

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(Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

Indiana has seen a major decrease in high school graduates going to college and secondary schools.   

A report from the state shows that in 2020 the rate of Indiana high school graduates attending college was just over half at 53 percent. It was 65 percent in 2015.  

READ MORE: Indiana wants to know why young people are skipping college  

One of the most notable causes for this decrease includes the costs. Many students fear about going into thousands of dollars of debt, something that President Biden has been trying to mitigate. Other factors could include increasing competition from students outside of Indiana and more students opting for alternative routes.  

The state is currently looking for ways to incentivize students to attend college, as it is wanting to increase job opportunities that require college degrees throughout the state.  

This Friday on Noon Edition, we will talk with guests about why fewer Hoosiers are choosing to go to college.  

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Sara Ray - Associate Director of Financial Wellness and Education at Indiana University 

Jillian Kinzie - Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute for Indiana University School of Education


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