Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

More Hispanic Immigrants Earn Degrees, but Education Gap Persists. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

More Hispanic Immigrants Earn Degrees, but Education Gap Persists. (Noteworthy News)

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WASHINGTON

Many more Hispanic immigrants are completing high school and earning college degrees, but the education gap with native-born Americans remains wide, a Latino research group reported last month.

Education levels also vary by the country from which a Latino immigrant came, according to the report by the Pew Hispanic Center. Those from Mexico and Central American countries such as El Salvador and Honduras were less likely to finish high school than new arrivals from South America and the Caribbean.

The gap with U.S.-born residents persists in part because many Hispanic families cannot afford rising college costs, experts said. In other families, kids may work and not attend school regularly, while undocumented students find it hard to get financial aid.

Meanwhile, disparities may exist between sub-groups simply because of how far one has to travel to the United States, said one of the report's authors, Dr. B. Lindsay Lowell.

For instance, undocumented immigrants from Mexico tend to be less educated and don't have to travel far to get to the United States. However, those from South America typically have to pay more money to travel to the country, so they would be more likely to be more educated, or at least come from families where the cost of travel--and an education--is not as much of a hindrance. …

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