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AP-Univision Poll on college dreams for Hispanics

July 30, 2010

An Associated Press-Univision poll has examined the attitudes of Latino adults toward higher education. Despite strong belief in the value of a college diploma, Hispanics more often than not fall short of that goal.

Census figures show that only 13 percent of Hispanics have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 30 percent among Americans overall.

The poll revealed some of the roadblocks:

  • Latinos don't have enough money, yet many are reluctant to borrow
  • Family obligations intervene - parents and teachers provide only lukewarm support

Affordability was the top reason for not completing a college degree, cited by 54 percent as "extremely" or "very" important. Financial pressure is magnified by a reluctance to borrow that appears to be cultural.

The AP-Univision Poll was conducted from March 11 to June 3 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, using a sample of Hispanic households provided by The Nielsen Company. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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