The is no denying how much a college education demands in our economy. It's for that reason, why so many people register for classes at a college or university, and attempt to earn their diploma in their preferred field of study . For some, the challenge can often become too much to handle and they are forced to drop out.

The issue of students quitting on their degree, is a certainly a growing one. The overall rate of college dropouts has not surprisingly increased since last year, and although it's a conversation that many did not want to have, it's one that they should.

A number of recent reports now shows that there are a number of reasons why someone would struggle to earn a degree, resulting in them putting their studies on hold or quitting school all together. The statistics are backed by lots of data.

A chart that I want to focus on (look above), states that the majority of students drop out of college due to financial pressure and the least number of dropouts state that the issue is due to mental or emotional problems. In trying to better understand the problems that some struggling college students face, we decided to dive deep into each area of concern and also consider ways that we can improve on such problem areas.

College Drop Reason #1 - Financial Pressure

While there are many college graduates who are in debt, looking to get the most money out of their college diploma, some can't even afford to finish school. First is there is overall cost of college itself, which can run on average $24,000 for a private school and nearly $10,000 for a public school. For those fortunate enough to get financial aid, the money due can often be offset until after graduation allowing the student to not deal with that burden while attempting to earn their diploma. For others, getting financial aid is not a reality since factors including their parent's income may prevent them from getting such aid. While many argue this is fair, some will say that not all parents provide their children with financial support and those who don't, even when they have the means to, put their children at a disadvantage.

The cost of attending classes is just a single part of the financial burden that college can cause students. The other issue is that so much time is spent at school and studying, that there is no other time to work a job and bring in an income. Living off a starving student's budget can often begin to become too much for some.

College Drop Reason #1 - Academic Disqualification

Since many schools have a standards that they expect their academic students to live up, many students who are unable to live up to these academic standards are disqualified from college. In some cases, a college may require that a student keep a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) during their time at school as the bare minimum. When the average is not meant, they are often put on probation and changes still do not improve, they are disqualified.

Students who often find college too difficult to handle due to many of the issues our chart examines, shrugging in school and find themselves often failing classes to the point that their GPA suffers. Going into college with the right state of mind about what it will demand and being willing to keep your focus, can often make a huge difference.

College Drop Reason #1 - Poor Social Fit

For many students, college is an entirely new world for them. Take into consideration, Samantha Lewis who attended high school in small Iowa town. After graduating, she received a scholarship from USC in California. The change become too much for her to handle as she found it difficult to fit in with students who lead such a different life from her own upbringing. The same problem could apply from an tried and true urban dweller who finds himself attending a school somewhere in the Midwest.

Although many high school graduates will often attend college locally, others attempt to branch out and try going out of state and the final results can certainly differ. For some though, the inability to socially fit in can become a legitimate problem.

College Drop Reason #1 - Family Support

This also ties back into our points that we discussed in reason #1, about support of a student's family and financial aid. A lot of times a family may be in a position where it can't support their child attending college. Consider, a son who may have grown up on his father's farm and while his father had plans of his son running the farm one day, his son instead decided to attend college after high school. For the family, that may have caused stress at home due to the finical burden it put on them and therefore, their son lacked the support he needed to finish college and so he had to drop out.

College Drop Reason #1 - Health Problems

Although for some, this may relate to mental and emotional issues, sometimes problems with one's health can be the real burden. Consider a young woman who begins to attend to college before she finds out that she pregnant. Aside from the financial burden that raising a kid may be on the student, there is also the medical attention she may need during her pregnancy.

Although the college drop out rates for woman due to pregnancy are lower than they are in high school, they can still be considered a legitimate burden for many college students.

College Drop Reason #1 - Distance from Home

Like Samantha who we mentioned about attending college out of student, sometimes the distance from home becomes too difficult ton the student. As we find ourselves in a new environment and are aware from our old friends, family and all the things in life that we once found to be comforting, we can feel out of place and isolated. For some, a simply phone call from a family member, a greeting card or an occasional visit is enough, for others it only heightens their feelings for what they are missing. Many people considering attending a college, should take into consideration the pros and cons registering for classes at a school that is far from home. In some cases, the school may offer many benefits that a local school in your area does not, but that may or may not offset the negatives that being far away from home may cause.

College Drop Reason #1 - Mental/Emotional Issues

Although being unable to pay for necessities due to the financial pressure college can put some under or the inability to fit into a new place, mental and emotional issues can cause a burden for some. Although the percentages compared to other areas of concern we listed are lower, it is still a valid concern. Although the pressure to make college work becomes so difficult and so stressful on the student, that nearly 90% of college counselors report students coming to them talking about depression, substance abuse and self-harm that they have dealt with since starting school.

Why do you feel is the top cause for students to drop out of college?

As somebody reading this article who may have had to leave school themselves, they may agree with these findings or completely disagree since their reasoning was not one of the 7 that we discussed.

For many, the reasons for having to leave college come to a number of problems and not just a single one. In fact, as we discussed in this article, financial burdens for instance can be the result of many other issues including family support and health problems. As somebody who would like to see these numbers improve, we'd love to hear from you and get your own feedback.