Older students enrollment rises in Calif. colleges

College acceptance letters aren't going out to only new high school graduates. More than ever, it's their parents waiting for that letter.

The number of California college students between the ages of 50 and 64 rose 61 percent between 1986 and 2006. Among people ages 40 to 49, enrollment increased 32 percent. Overall enrollment climbed 33 percent during the same two decades.

Like the wave of college students that washed into schools on the GI Bill after World War II, baby boomers could create a ripple of their own.

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