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Higher Ed in the News

Hispanic students aspire to higher education but face barriers

October 10, 2009

Nearly nine in 10 Hispanics say it's 'necessary' to get a college education to get ahead in life - more than any other ethnic or racial group in the United States. However, fewer than half of Hispanic 18- to 25-year-olds say they plan to get a bachelor's degree, well below the 60 percent of all young people who say the same.

The findings, reported in a survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, suggest several reasons for the divide between aspirations and reality, including:

  • language barriers
  • parents' abilities to play an active role in education
  • students' desires to help support their families

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