Over 60 Education

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Over 60 Education

After conducting an in-depth search, we were not able to determine the demographics of people aged 60, 70, 80, and 90 years old that are enrolled in classes, courses, continuing education or are working towards achieving a degree. However, we established that in 2017. California, US, lead with a total of 23,735 adult students aged 60 years and above who enrolled for basic to secondary education.

Methodology

We began our research by looking through government reports and white papers for recently reported demographics on school enrollments in the United States both online and in-house. We were able to find one source that reported the demographic of people enrolled in basic to secondary education in the United States and another that reported college enrollment statistics. However, the basic to secondary education demographic only reported statistic for up to the age bracket of enrollees aged 60 years old and above. Likewise, the college enrollment statistic only reported statistics for up to the age bracket of 35 years old and above. We also found a report on online college students and its demographic in the United States. However, this only reported the statistic for up to the age bracket of 55 years old and above. We have reported useful findings from this strategy, however, it is still insufficient for this request.
We extended our search and looked for reported statistics from news and press releases. Our intention was to use the data in triangulation. We found that there is a rising number of retirees going back to school in recent years. We also established that 512,000 people aged 50 years old and above enrolled in undergraduate courses in the United States in the fall of 2015. We also found that in 2017, there were 6,657,460 online college students in the United States. None of these, however, are data that could be used to triangulate for the data requested.
Finally, we broadened our search and expanded our scope to include the people who are eligible to enroll in lifelong learning institutes (that is to say, 50 years old and above). We found that the AARP supports and acknowledges Lifelong Learning Institutes which are designed to help adult learners get back into school should they want to. However, attempts to find demographics for people enrolled in these institutes yielded no relevant results.

HELPFUL FINDINGS

In the years 2017 and 2018, a total of 69,784 people aged 60 years and above enrolled for basic to secondary education in the United States. California leads with a total of 23,735 adult students aged 60 years and above who enrolled for basic to secondary education. This is an equivalent of 34.01%. Florida had a total of 7,481 enrollees, an equivalent of 10.72%, which makes it second highest in the United States.

In the year 2015, around 512,000 students aged 50 years and above enrolled for undergraduate courses. When it comes to online undergraduate courses, 9% of the total number of students are aged 55 years old and above.
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  • "Adults who make the brave choice to go back to school to earn a degree later in life won’t be alone. College classes are seeing increasing numbers of students like Mike, who, on the first day of class, are introducing themselves as career-changers, retirees and grandparents."
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  • " About 512,000 students at least 50 years of age or older were enrolled in undergraduate institutions in the fall of 2015, according to government data analyzed by Robert Kelchen, a professor higher education finance at Seton Hall University. That’s about 2.9% of the total number of students enrolled in college. "