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Black Millennials Lag Behind Whites After High School: Study

Black and white millennial students diverge on markedly different paths after high school, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report charting the progress of sophomores over a 15-year span.

The report, “Early Millennials: The Sophomore Class of 2002 a Decade Later,” includes statistics on employment, marital status and other characteristics of the group of millennials. For instance, the report shows that 92 percent of white students had earned a high school diploma by 2012, compared to 84 percent of black students.

In addition, while 86.2 percent of white high school sophomores in 2002 had enrolled in postsecondary education over the following decade, the figure for blacks hovered at 81.5 percent.

Furthermore, 57.5 of white students who enrolled in postsecondary education attended a four-year institution, compared to 44.5 of blacks.

Other statistics reveal that among white high school sophomores in 2002 who later enrolled in college, 45 percent eventually earned a at least a bachelor’s degree. For blacks, the figure is 25 percent.

For whites who earned a bachelor’s degree, 49.1 percent did so in the traditional four-year period. For blacks, 36.3 percent completed their bachelor’s degree in four years.

Nine percent of whites had earned a master’s degree or higher compared to 5 percent of blacks.

Nearly 67 percent of blacks who enrolled in higher education took out a student loan, compared to 60 percent of whites.

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