That said, the majority of students at my college receives some form of financial aid. Some students with strong academic credentials may have half and even all of their tuition covered through scholarships and the same holds for some of the other institutions mentioned above. Financing college is certainly still a challenge for students even with such aid and students have to meet requirements such as maintaining a certain GPA and graduating in four years.
According to the American Religious Identification Survey conducted by Trinity College, the percentage of Americans adults identifying themselves as Christian has fallen from 86 percent in 1990 to 76 percent in 2008. Among Americans 18 to 29 years old, 26 percent say they are unaffiliated with any religious domination. So schools that have historically been religious are having to change and not only their name; they may have to shift the focus of their educational programs, offer new programs to try to attract more students or even merge with larger institutions.
Economic crises are tough on students for sure and (some) colleges (more than others) too.
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