ERIC Number: ED432350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-12
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Postsecondary Education for Students from Low Income Families: A Report to the Alabama State Board of Education.
Alabama State Dept. of Postsecondary Education, Montgomery.
This report summarizes data on access to postsecondary education for students from low income families. From a national perspective, access to postsecondary education for students from low-income families is less now than at any time since 1970. By income quartile, in 1996 the chance that students from families with an annual income below $24,500 would graduate from high school and enter college was roughly 35%, a 7.6% increase over 1980, compared to an 80% chance for students of the same age from families with an annual income of $72,000 or more, a 16.7% increase over 1980. Averaging data across the last 6 years, there is only a 16.1% chance that students within the state of Alabama from low income families will gain access to postsecondary education. This ranks Alabama as one of the lowest in the nation. Many factors affect access to postsecondary educational opportunity, including the extent of poverty in a state, the high school graduation rate, the availability of financial assistance, changes in financial aid regulations, rising tuition and fees, availability of support systems such as transportation and child care, and the flexibility of work schedules of students from low income families. This report presents six charts that provide information about access for the country, southern states, and Alabama. (JJL)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Postsecondary Education, Montgomery.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama