AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas colleges are seeing a nine percent jump in student enrollment compared to a year ago which some officials say is due to the recession.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reported this week that fall enrollment has increased from last year's 1.26 million to 1.38 million. It's expected to be the largest one-year gain Texas has seen, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Texas' two-year community colleges saw most of the growth. They reported a 14 percent increase from last year and attributed much of that to the country's economic woes.
Private colleges reported a small gain overall of 2.4 percent. Public four-year universities' enrollment jumped by 4.7 percent.