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Hidden Costs of Community Colleges Web Tool

Nearly $4 billion was spent by federal, state, and local governments over five years on full-time community college students who dropped out after their first year without completing their certificate or degree programs, according to the new report, “The Hidden Costs of Community Colleges”, from AIR and College Measures.

Using U.S. Department of Education data, we have analyzed full-time students who didn’t return for a second year, while adjusting figures to account for students who transferred to four-year institutions. The cost of dropouts would be higher if part-time students and other government funding, such as direct federal support and capital expenditures, were included in the analysis.

With states and localities spending far more than the federal government on community colleges, and nearly every state facing serious budget shortfalls, the cost of community college dropouts to state taxpayers is especially troubling.

Below, you can use our interactive web tool to see how much has been spent in taxpayer dollars to educate these non-returning community college students, both at the state and institution level. In addition to the community colleges reviewed in the report, private for-profit and private not-for-profit institutions are shown below. To access the full report, please click here.

Nebraska

Nebraska
Estimated First-Year Attrition ?
14%
Rank: 7
Statewide Cost of Attrition ?
$5,553,220
Rank: 34

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Two-Year Institution Estimated First-Year
Attrition ?
State Appropriations
Lost ?
Student Grants
Lost ?
Cost of First
Year Attrition ?
Central Community College
15%
$975,736
$194,705
$1,170,441
Northeast Community College
13%
$670,833
$144,210
$815,043
Metropolitan Community College Area
18%
$998,984
$134,409
$1,133,393
Western Nebraska Community College
17%
$722,565
$121,752
$844,317
Southeast Community College Area
10%
$803,337
$104,238
$907,575
Mid-Plains Community College
18%
$443,911
$79,938
$523,849
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
9%
$90,901
$25,871
$116,773
Little Priest Tribal College
16%
$16,528
$14,263
$30,791
Nebraska Indian Community College
31%
$0
$5,580
$5,580
Myotherapy Institute
14%
$0
$5,459
$5,459
The Creative Center
0%
$0
$0
$0
ITT Technical Institute-Omaha
0%
$0
$0
$0
Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus
19%
$0
$0
$0
Kaplan University-Omaha Campus
17%
$0
$0
$0
Kaplan University-Lincoln Campus
24%
$0
$0
$0

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