Class of 2020 survey: Half of graduating seniors change plans for after high school due to COVID-19

Class of 2020 survey: Half of graduating seniors change plans for after high school due to COVID-19

Roughly half (49 percent) of the Class of 2020 say their post-high school plans have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while 40 percent say the virus has impacted their plans to pay for college, a survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA and the PMI Education Foundation finds. The survey of a thousand graduating seniors found that of those whose plans have changed, 36 percent now plan to get a job, 32 percent expect to delay their college start date, and 16 percent are changing the career path they hoped to pursue. Currently, 40 percent of respondents are working, 49 percent of whom say they or their families depend on their income for living expenses. The survey also found that among those planning to attend college in the fall, the top concerns are the impact of COVID-19 on classes and academic quality (58 percent), dorm life (53 percent), athletics and school-sponsored events (44 percent), and dining halls (40 percent). To help teens better plan for the future, Junior Achievement and the PMI Educational Foundation, with support from the Charles Koch Foundation, have developed the JA Economic Resources website and Project Management 4 All, an online game that introduces teens to the concepts of project management and planning.

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