Although the number of Hispanics enrolled in higher education in the Big Apple has increased dramatically in recent years, the number of students dropping out has also increased as revealed a new report.
According to the data collected, the enrollment percentage of Hispanic students in New York City increased from 29% in 2007 to 38% in 2017, showing the largest increase in college enrollment of any racial / ethnic group, according to detailed the Latino Education Advocacy Directors.
According to the report, in 2007, 13 percent of Hispanics enrolled in a university decided not to continue with their studies, however, this number increased dramatically in 2017, when 23 percent of those who had never started school they finished their university degrees.
The students interviewed by the study emphasize that the lack of financial aid is an increasingly important factor for their families, a factor that determines the probability of success in their university careers.
“At my school, unfortunately, if a student had a large amount of financial debt, they were escorted out of their classroom by public safety officers, and they were not allowed to return to school or campus until their account was cleared,” Yulenny, 25, told the study researchers.
Other students, however, point out that the lack of advice on internship opportunities is also another factor driving the high dropout rate among Hispanics.
“From day one there should be a college preparatory counselor who will stay with you all four years through high school.” 21-year-old Andrea said. “As the years go by, you start working on more … visiting colleges … financial aid … opening bank accounts … applying to college … you know the basic skills.”
The disparities don’t stop at education. According to the report, Hispanics who receive a college degree earn at least $ 20,000 less than other races. For example, an Anglo-Saxon with a random college degree earns about $ 90,000 out of college, as opposed to $ 40,000 among Hispanic youth.
To address the problem, the report’s authors suggest expanding internship opportunities beginning in high school, increasing counseling for students to educate themselves on job opportunities in their areas of interest, and increasing support for mental health.