Nine in 10 Hispanic students say college is “necessary” to get ahead, but most don’t plan to go, reports the Pew Hispanic Center. Students cite many reasons for giving up on higher education.
. . . 74% of Hispanic students who drop out of high school or don’t finish college cite the need to support their family. Only 39% say they “don’t need more education.”
And for many Hispanic students, families are both inspirational and problematic: More than three-fourths say their parents believe going to college is “the most important thing for you to do right after high school,” but among Hispanics of all ages, 57% say a “major reason” that Hispanic students aren’t doing better is because parents don’t play an active role in their children’s education.
A third of Americans 18 to 24 years old are enrolled in college compared to one quarter of young Hispanics.