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PEDAR: Executive Summary  Waiting to Attend College: Students Who Delay Their Postsecondary Enrollment
An Overview of Delaye Entrants
High School Dropout Risk Factors and Academic Preparation
Duration of Delay
Student Characteristics
Enrollment Characteristics
Why They Enrolled
Overall Persistence and Attainment
Research Methodology
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Executive Summary (PDF)

Figure I displays the timing of enrollment and median ages for students who first enrolled in postsecondary education in 1995–96. Delayed entrants were relatively evenly distributed across the four time periods: 9 percent delayed no more than 1 year, 8 percent delayed 2–4 years, 7 percent delayed 5–9 years, and 12 percent waited 10 or more years after high school graduation to enroll in postsecondary education.8 How long delayed entrants waited to enroll in postsecondary education varied with demographic characteristics, enrollment status, reasons for enrolling, and the likelihood of finishing a credential.

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