The figures above are from the National Center on Child Poverty (2014):
- Nearly half (44%) of all US children under 18 (44%) meet the definition of low-income: 21% live in poor families (under the federal poverty level), 22% live in near-poor families (under 200% of the federal poverty level).
- Children of color comprise nearly half (48%) of all children.
- Children of color comprise nearly two-thirds (64%) of low-income students but only about one-third (37%) of those above low-income.
- Among children living in poverty, 24% are black (compared to 14% of all children), 36% are Hispanic (compared to 24% of all children), and just 31% are white (compared to 52% of all children).
For more, see MyWays Student Success report 3, 5 Decisions in Navigating the Work/Learn Landscape, page 12.
Hechinger Report summarizes the danger:
More low-income students are getting into college than ever before. That’s the good news. The bad news? They not getting out, and those who do often have nowhere to go.
The numbers: “The [college] enrollment gap has narrowed to just 16 percentage points between low-income and wealthy students…. However, [college] graduation rates for low-income students increased by only 3 percentage points, from 6 percent to 9 percent, between 1970 and 2015.” (also Hechinger)