Like the career colleges themselves, the types of students who choose to attend a career college is quite diverse. While some students enter a career college directly out of high school – the average age is approximately 34. More than half of career college students are over the age of 30, with only 9 per cent enrolling directly out of high school.
A significant proportions of career college students who were born in Canada have attended a post-secondary institution in this country (56 per cent), with an even higher proportion of first-generation immigrants (66 per cent) having attended a university or college in another country. The majority of those who have previously attended university or college have completed a credential (degree, diploma, certificate…) at these other post-secondary institutions.
Students use a variety of options to fund their course of study including personal funds, Employment Insurance (EI) funds, WSIB sponsorship, or government-sponsored student loans (OSAP).