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More students opting out of college

More students opting out of college

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - It's no surprise that college is expensive.

With the cost of tuition rising almost annually, it shouldn't be a surprise that more and more people are turning down the typical four-year path for a straight shot to the workforce right out of high school.

Bureau of Labor Statistics says last fall, 65.9 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in college - the lowest number in a decade, down from 70.1 percent in 2009.

Advisers at Logan High School say oftentimes, the cost of college can scare kids into choosing to take a year off and save up.

"Money is a big factor. College is very expensive, they know that," said Counselor Julie Slaats-Rowe.

The school's future centers help students pick the right path for them, whether it be secondary education or a job – and advisors tell them both options are okay.

"Some of our kids are ready, they want to go to college, they know exactly what they want to do, they can qualify for financial aid, they have the means to get to college," Slaats-Rowe said. "If they don't, I'm saying, 'It's okay. You can still go back to college, you can go to work for a few years.'"

Going to a college or university is still the most popular choice for high school grads – BLS numbers show about 6 in 10 students take the four-year route. But for those heading to the workforce right out of high school, most of those kids are finding employment. About 51 percent of 2013 grads found jobs by fall, up from previous years.

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