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Thursday June 13, 2013

STUDY:  College Degree Obtainment at Record Levels for All, Including Latino Demographic

STUDY:  College Degree Obtainment at Record Levels for All, Including Latino Demographic

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A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that a record number of people are obtaining their college degree including Latinos and African American students.

In 1995 only 25.7 percent of Americans between the ages of 25-to-29 had a college degree in 2012 33.5 percent had obtained a degree.  The report shows young women had made the most leaps in increasing the numbers of women with college degrees.

In spite of the gains made across the United States low income students still remain the most likely not to graduate from high student and the ones less likely to attend college right after high school graduation.  Kids whose parents are in the lowest income brackets are attending college at a low rate of only 1-out-of-10 versus 7-out-of-10 for children with parents in the highest income bracket.

According to an analysis by the U.S. Census: Asian-American continue to have the highest rates of college degree completion (60 percent), followed by white Americans (23 percent), African-Americans (23 percent) and 15 percent for Hispanics. 

While Latinos and African-American are less likely than whites to obtain a college degree in 2012, their levels of college attainment continues to grow and currently at historic high levels.  In 2011, according to Pew Research, only 13 percent of Latinos had a college degree and in 2012 that rate went to 15 percent.