Colleges, universities and trade schools saw a surge in attendance during the recession and the majority of that growth was fueled by minority students especially Hispanics a Pew Research study found. The increase of Hispanic students was strongest in freshman classes especially in two-year institutions that showed an 11% increase. For-profit schools also experienced a surge in attendance experiencing 11% growth.
Pew found that a major contributing factor to the strong showing amongst Hispanic students is their increasing rate of high school graduation. In 2008 Hispanic high school graduation reached an all-time high of 70%.