The number of adults in the U.S. who have some college but no degree is vast: 45 million adults age 25+ or about 20 percent of the adult population. But with the right support from employers, educational institutions and policymakers, they can become the educated workers the economy needs.
In their search for educated workers, both employers and state workforce readiness policymakers may be overlooking a substantial source of untapped talent: the many adults in the United States who have some college but no degree. Read.
College costs have risen dramatically over the past several decades. This report compares college costs from 1964-1965 up through the present day, and examines how higher costs—and increased borrowing—may affect young workers’ future retirement security.
In 2019, total student loan debt in the United States equaled $1.5 trillion, a more than five-fold increase from 2003 levels. The average college senior who took on student loans now graduates with over $29,000 in debt.
Student loan debt is an intergenerational problem, burdening borrowers of all ages and threatening the long-term financial security of millions of families. This paper examines the landscape of student loan debt with a focus on older borrowers, including increasing loan balances, defaults, taking on debt to help family members, and the implication for long-term financial security.
Older workers have much to gain from online learning and working. A new study examines the barriers and opportunities that exist for older workers accessing online programs, with a focus on their digital skill levels.
As AARP’s charitable affiliate, AARP Foundation helps older adults build economic opportunity — including the people over 50 who hold more than 20% of student loan debt in the United States. The AARP Foundation has partnered with Savi to offer a student loan repayment tool that quickly determines whether you’re eligible for federal programs through the U.S. Department of Education — programs that can lower or eliminate your monthly payments based on your income. The average savings is $156 a month!
Whether it was to improve job opportunities or personal skills, many people age 50 and older took online courses and other training programs over the past two years, according to a survey from AARP Research.
The AARP Skills Builder for WorkSM helps you gain in-demand skills that could give you an edge in today’s competitive job market. Choose a FREE course to get started and get special discounts on all other courses offered by MindEdge Learning. Plus AARP members get even bigger discounts.
There are plenty of reasons to go back to school, even if it's been years or even decades since you last set foot in a classroom. You can pick up new job skills, learn a new language or simply dive into a subject — art, music, psychology, basket weaving — that has always fascinated you. Perhaps the best reason of all? It's free (or less costly) for older residents of every state and Washington, D.C., to take college courses.
SCEP offers unemployed adults 55 and older work-based training and skill-building opportunities within a variety of community service organizations and agencies. Currently, there are opportunities for remote training in the program, although community service assignments have been temporarily suspended. You can call our Work Resources Hotline at 1-855-850-2525 to add your name to a signup list for when training assignments resume.
Colleges in all 50 states offer the 50-plus set low-cost programs that allow them to take classes either not for credit or for credits toward a degree. Because tuition waiver programs are often not well publicized, many retirees simply don't know that a free or reduced-cost education is an option.
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