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Graduation rates for low-income students lag while their student loan debt soars

 

Education – The Conversation

Federal study shows 40% of US students don’t earn degree within eight years of high school. Graduation rates lower for low-income students, with disparities among racial and ethnic groups. Low-income students of color often attend underfunded institutions with low graduation rates. Underrepresented minority students less likely to major in high-paying STEM disciplines. Economic disparities growing due to educational segregation. Students of color often leave college with high debt, reducing ability to repay loans. For-profit colleges contribute significantly to student debt with low graduation rates. Current enrollment and retention practices may exacerbate economic and racial inequality.

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