Unduplicated annual enrollment

Because community colleges enroll students year round, unduplicated annual enrollment is a more precise measure of community college enrollment and is typically larger than fall enrollment. For example, the 6.8 million students enrolled in community colleges nationwide in fall 2012 represented only two-thirds of the 10.2 million students who enrolled in a community college over the entire year of 2012–13. The percentage of students receiving Pell Grants is a rough measure of the percentage of low-income students, but students' eligibility for grant aid is also influenced by such factors as how much they pay in tuition and fees, whether they are financially dependent or independent, and whether they enroll full time or part time.