One result: Just 5 percent of community college students graduate with two-year degrees in two years and about 36 percent of four-year private and flagship public university and college students with bachelor's degrees in four. At non-flagship four-year public universities, the on-time graduation rate is 19 percent.
The lengthy time to graduate has become so much the status quo that education policy experts now routinely use benchmarks of six years to earn a bachelor’s degree and three years for an associate degree.
Currently, it's pretty common for people who go to college to take 5 or even 6 years, not 4, to complete their degree. If a person has a full time job and a family to support, it's going to take even longer than that in many cases.
People who have never gone to college or raised children who have gone to college are probably totally unaware of the reality of financing and completing a college education. Times have changed and facts are facts. Yes, of course, some people are able to do it in 4 years. They are in the minority.