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Women Back in College

Women Back in College

College Degrees by Gender 1940-2020

Published by Erin Duffin, Jun 11, 2021

In an impressive increase from years past, 38.3 percent of women in the United States had completed four years or more of college in 2020. This figure is up from 3.8 percent of women in 1940. A significant increase can also be seen in males, with 36.7 percent of the U.S. male population having completed four years or more of college in 2020, up from 5.5 percent in 1940.


4- and 2-year Colleges 

In the United States, college students are able to choose between attending a 2-year postsecondary program and a 4-year postsecondary program. Generally, attending a 2-year program results in an Associate’s Degree, and 4-year programs result in a Bachelor’s Degree.

Many 2-year programs are designed so that attendees can transfer to a college or university offering a 4-year program upon completing their Associate’s. Completion of a 4-year program is the generally accepted standard for entry-level positions when looking for a job.


Earnings after College 

Factors such as gender, degree achieved, and the level of postsecondary education can have an impact on employment and earnings later in life. Some Bachelor’s degrees continue to attract more male students than female, particularly in STEM fields, while liberal arts degrees such as education, languages and literatures, and communication tend to see higher female attendance.

All of these factors have an impact on earnings after college, and despite nearly the same rate of attendance within the American population between males and females, men with a Bachelor’s Degreea continue to have higher weekly earnings on average than their female counterparts.

Why aren’t more women going back to school to get higher degrees?

Is it because more women are experiencing single motherhood?

Is it because the cost of higher education is skyrocketing?

Is it because the student loan companies are using predatory practices?

Is it because women in general do not want to enjoy higher wages?

Is it because the study time takes away from family time?


While most of the above are true, Scholars Fund has found the biggest reason women shy away from their higher education is the cost.

  • The cost of using malicious loans.
  • The exorbitant fees for each class taken.
  • The lack of knowledge that most, if not all, of their fees can be paid for using scholarships that are custom made for women.

Scholars Fund’s expertise lies in finding the funds and helping the applicant WIN the fund.

WE DO NOT GIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP. (Capitalization added for emphasis).

Among the more challenging items in the application is the essay writing.

We aid in the essay writing process using proven techniques taught by the people who read scholarship essays themselves.

A good scholarship essay is not as easy as it seems. The student has to know what the committee is asking for when they say things like “what is your definition of leadership?”

They may ask things like “what was your most terrifying experience growing up?” Knowing how to answer the question and in the allotted amount of words is tricky.

Scholars Fund will help overcome all of those obstacles and point you to some resources already available to you that you may not even be aware of. Best of all, those resources are free. Our favorite four letter word!

Getting recommendations from the right people can also be tricky. We work with you until your yearly tuition is fully covered.

This is what the AGGREGATE FULL SCHOLARSHIP is all about.

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