Student enrollment in higher education institutions has been on a decline since 2019. In 2021, student enrollment was nearly 10% lower than in 2019 and nearly 55% lower than in 2010.
The national discourse on higher education has increasingly elevated the negative impact of rising college tuition and debt. Amidst overall decline in college enrollment, the top 5 education institutions with the highest enrollment of Bexar County students the year after their high school graduation are those offering the promise of tuition support: UTSA and 4 of the Alamo Colleges.
In November 2022, UTSA and Alamo Colleges announced their Promise to Promise partnership, allowing Alamo College students in the AlamoPROMISE program to transfer to UTSA with tuition and fees covered for up to two years through the UTSA Bold Promise program. AlamoPROMISE, which provides community college tuition along with mandatory fees to eligible students who plan to earn an associate degree, certification, courses for transfer or workforce training, announced in December its expansion into 73 area high schools. Promise programs have the potential to advance racial equity in education.