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July 29, 2016

In a 2014 National Journal poll, 66% of Hispanics who got a job or entered the military directly after high school cited the need to help support their family as a reason for not enrolling in college, compared with 39% of whites.

Here are five facts about U.S. Latinos and education:

  • Over the past decade, the Hispanic high school dropout rate has dropped dramatically.
  • Hispanics are making big inroads in college enrollment. In 2014, 35% of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in a two- or four-year college, up from 22% in 1993 – a 13-percentage-point increase.
  • Even though more Hispanics are getting a postsecondary education than ever before, Hispanics still lag other groups in obtaining a four-year degree.
  • Another reason why Hispanics lag in bachelor’s degrees is that nearly half who go to college attend a public two-year school, or community college, the highest share of any race or ethnicity.
  • Hispanics are significantly less likely than other groups to have student debt.

Read more about this research results here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/07/28/5-facts-about-latinos-and-education/?platform=hootsuite

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