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Shocking: 82 percent of women lack bachelor’s degrees

Thanks to various life factors, many women are unable to graduate

A new survey reveals that 76 million of adult women in the U.S. do not have a bachelor’s degree, although many of those women had started their educational journey but were unable to graduate as a result of various life factors.

According to a new study just released by The American Women’s College at Bay Path University (TAWC), conducted by Research Now, 82 percent of adult women surveyed didn’t complete college because they were putting other priorities first–family, work, and financial obligations, just to name a few.

More than half of the women in the survey, which focused on 2,000 women ages 25-44, had attempted to but never finished their degree. Of this segment, 94 percent claimed they would feel better about themselves if they received their bachelor’s degree.

The majority of women surveyed shared that in the past, when attempting to balance education and other life commitments, their previous higher-education institutions did not provide the flexibility they needed to continue: lack of access to online learning, faculty support, and accessible financial assistance.

(Next page: Barriers preventing women from earning a bachelor’s degree)

Laura Ascione