By Roshni Chowdhry, head of customer experience at SafetyNet
Of the roughly 17 million Americans currently enrolled in college, 74 percent qualify as what we used to call "nontraditional" students:
- One in five is 30 years or older.
- About half don't rely on their parents for money.
- One quarter are caring for a child.
- 47 percent attend college part time at some point.
- 25 percent took a year off between high school and college.
- 44 percent have parents without a bachelor's degree.
In other words, if you're a college student today, there's a good chance you're not the Hollywood stereotype of an 18-year-old on your own for the first time. Still, whether it's your first year o...