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America’s Tenth Graders Ten Years Later Focus of New NCES Longitudinal Dataset and First Look Report


This First Look introduces new data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, collected in the summer and fall of 2012 when most sample members were 25-26 years old. 

The analyses examine students’ educational attainment; students’ financial aid received and subsequent debt; income and financial indicators; initial workforce experiences; and civic engagement. 

Findings of particular interest include that among those who began their postsecondary education within 3 months of high
school completion, 42 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree and another 11 percent had earned a master’s degree (or higher) by 2012; among those who began their postsecondary education 13 or more months following high school completion, 6 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree and another 1 percent had earned a master’s degree (or higher) by 2012.

Many high school sophomores in 2002 with subsequent postsecondary enrollment as of 2012 (40 percent) reported borrowing $0 in student loans, while nearly half (49 percent) reported borrowing between $0 and $50,000 in student loans. An additional 11 percent reported borrowing $50,000 or more in student loans.

A smaller percentage of those who had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher reported having lost a job since January 2006 (19 percent) than did those with a high school credential only (40 percent), or those who had not completed high school (45 percent). 

To view the full report please visit
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014363



Norman Stahl
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