College enrollment rises

As more Hispanics finish high school and pursue higher education, college enrollment grew by 6 percent in 2008, the Pew Research Center reports.

From 2007 to 2008 (the first year of the recession), the freshman enrollment of Hispanics at post-secondary institutions grew by 15%, of blacks by 8%, of Asians by 6% and of whites by 3%.

The Hispanic high school completion rate reached an all-time high of 70 percent in 2008, according to the Census Bureau, and Hispanics make up a larger percentage of the college-age population.

Overall, two-year colleges saw enrollment jump by 11 percent, trade schools went up 5 percent and four-year institutions climbed by 4 percent.  Freshman enrollment grew by 11 percent at private, for-profit institutions, which include trade schools, two-year and four-year  programs, such as the University of Phoenix.

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