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Portraits: Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Young Adults

Published Jun 2011
ihep
focus area Degree Completion

Describes low-income young adults’ college enrollment choices, their overrepresentation at for-profit institutions, and degree completion trends

The brief, Portraits: Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Young Adults, experts at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) suggest that poverty still matters a great deal in terms of the types of institutions at which young adults are initially enrolling. In particular, they find that low-income students—between ages 18 and 26 and whose total household income is near or below the federal poverty level—are likely to be overrepresented at for-profit institutions and are likely to be underrepresented at public and private nonprofit four-year institutions.