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Second Chances Yield Better Odds

Scholarships To ‘Nontraditional’ Students Succeed More, Figures Show

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 3:11 a.m.

Jonathan Noble sits at a computer in the computer lab at the University of Arkansas student union Feb. 5 after a class. When handing out lottery scholarships, the state puts a cap on the number of nontraditional students who may receive them, despite the fact that those students are considerably more successful at finishing college than their traditional counterparts.

College students who are most likely to succeed in school get the least amount of help from the statewide lottery scholarships, according to state figures.

At A Glance

Older Students

The University of Arkansas enrolled 20,350 undergraduate students during the fall 2012 semester. Of those, 2,242 students, or 11 percent, were 25 or older, according to Steve Voorhies, university spokesman. The university does not track how many of its students fit the lottery’s definition of a nontraditional student, which is someone who starts college one year or later after graduating high school.

Source: University Of Arkansas

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