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What will the Cohort College Participation Rates (%) for the lowest family income quartile for dependent 18-to 24-year-olds be in 2021?

College participation measured through enrollment per each social-economic quartile in the US lends itself to understanding widening gaps of inequality in higher education. Each year, the Pell Institute in partnership with PennAhead, writes a report which looks at indicators of higher educational equity in the United States. There is a generally positive trend in enrollment for dependent students ages 18-24 from the lowest quartile SES group; from an initial level of 28% in 1970, it has risen to 51% in 2018. This evidence can be found under section Equity Indicator 1 from page 41 to 77 with special interest in graph 1.a on page 43. The Cohort College Participation Rate is tabulated based on the total number of students in the cohort year and includes those who have not completed high school. Information on school enrollment and work activity is collected monthly in the October Current Population Survey(CPS).

This questions asks: What will the Cohort College Participation Rates (%) for the lowest family income quartile for dependent 18-to 24-year-olds be in 2021?

This question will resolve ambiguously if the reports written by the Pell Institute are not published before June 1, 2023. This question is part of the Higher Education Series.


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