The college’s total enrollment is a little more than 3,200, including 793 from Alcorn County and about 2,500 from the immediate five-county area.
“All of us are seeing some decrease,” said College President Johnny Allen, referring to colleges across the state.
One reason is adult students who returned to college during the economic downturn are now decreasing in number, he said. Some found work or left school for other reasons.
A new Census Bureau report released last week also cited declining adult enrollment. College enrollment for fall 2012 was down by 467,000 from a year earlier after a period of substantial growth from 2006 to 2011.
The bureau said the decline was driven by students 25 and older. Their enrollment fell by 419,000, while the enrollment of younger students declined by 48,000.
Sharing numbers from his annual report with the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors, Allen said the county sees a return of $6 per dollar of millage revenue allocated to the college. The county has 5 mills designated for maintenance, enlargement and improvement at Northeast, generating $991,564 in fiscal 2013.
The 107 Alcorn County residents who are employed at Northeast bring home an annual payroll of $2.1 million, Allen said.
Alcorn continues to have the largest student enrollment out of the five-county area. Total financial aid to Alcorn County students in FY 2013 was $3.83 million, including $21,725 from the county tuition guarantee.