Latino Students Drive National Increase in College Degrees

Over the past five years, the number of Americans with college degrees has increased 4%. According to a new analysis from Excelencia in Education, that growth is primarily driven by Hispanic students, who represent nearly 80% of the increase.

Overall, Latinos are still less likely to attain higher levels of education compared to non-Latinos. In 2021-22, 27% of Hispanics earned an associate degree or higher. For all other Americans, the rate was 44%.

Latino college students also differ from other racial and ethnic groups. They are much more likely to be first-generation college students. They are also among the least likely to seek out federal student loans. Only a quarter of Latino college students finance their education with federal borrowing. Asian students were the only group less likely to use a federal loan.

The findings could have significant implications for America’s economic and political future. Education attainment is playing an increasingly predictive role in economic prosperity and voting patterns.

Read the report here



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