What makes obtaining a higher education so difficult? Is it lack of resources? Lack of financial aid? The idea that you may not need a degree to be wealthy or successful? These are questions I never asked myself, because as a child, getting an education was always important in my family.
According to the Pew Research Center, “As of 2014, among Hispanics ages 25 to 29, just 15% of Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree or higher. By comparison, among the same age group, about 41% of whites have a bachelor’s degree or higher (as do 22% of blacks and 63% of Asians).”
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean Hispanics are not enrolling in college. The study says that n 2014, 35% of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in a two- or four-year college, up from 22% in 1993. So it looks like the opportunities are there for future generations.
The research also states that most Hispanics who get a job or enlist in military after high school, is due to supporting their family financially. Feel free to chime in with ways colleges and universities can improve their outreach to Hispanics.