Students who drop out of the state’s community colleges their first year cost Connecticut taxpayers $8.4 million annually, according to a new report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The report released by the American Institutes for Research found that after taking into account students who transferred to other schools, those that ended up not returning cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion.

In Connecticut, about half of the students that enroll in two-year public community colleges never make it to their sophomore year, according to another recent report from Complete College America.


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