About 20% fewer “economically disadvantaged” students graduate from college compared to their more affluent peers.
Money may not buy happiness, but it does seem to lead to better student outcomes.
Students from low-income families are struggling more in almost every way than their peers. A new report examining data in Utah shows big disparities starting as early as elementary school.
Ultimately, this means that about 20% fewer “economically disadvantaged” students are enrolling and graduating from college compared to their more affluent peers. This can become a vicious cycle, as lower levels of education typically correlate with lower lifetime earnings.
While low-income students face many obstacles, the commodity they need most is time, said Jim Taggart, president of Ogden-Weber Technical College. At a panel on the report on Thursday, he said fewer than 18% of students at his school are enrolled full-time. At Salt Lake Community College, it’s less than 10%.
“They come to us and say, ‘I don’t even have six months, I have to get a better-paying job right away,'” Taggart said, although some programs are only three months long.
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This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.
https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2022/06/16/low-income-students-utah/ Low-income students in Utah face a variety of challenges on their way to college