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The Pew Research Center: A Rising Share of Undergraduates are from Poor Families, Especially at Less Selective Colleges

This report published by the Pew Research Center compares student data from the 2015-2016 academic year (the most recent data available) with the same study done by Pew in 1996 and reveals important information about the changing landscape of higher education institutions in the U.S. Some of the most prominent figures present in Pew's data show that undergraduates, in general, are increasingly likely to be from families in poverty; the share of nonwhite undergraduates has grown overall at postsecondary institutions; and all students continue to take out loans to fund their education, regardless of income status. The most notable jump in the data over the last 20 years is the fact that Hispanic undergraduate students "have more than doubled their share of enrollment at four-year colleges and universities since 1996 (from 6 percent to 16 percent in 2016). Hispanics are now the largest minority group among students at minimally selective four-year institutions." The full report is available at the link above and can be read on the web or as a downloadable PDF.
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