Study shows how Americans perceive access to a college education

According to a recent study, many Americans believe people of low income families and minorities have less opportunities to go to college.
According to a recent study, many Americans believe people of low income families and minorities have less opportunities to go to college.

A recent study by sociologists from Indiana University shows how Americans view the ability to access a college education for individuals of different racial and income groups.

For example, the survey shows that 43.4 percent said that qualified students from low-income families have less opportunities to attend college than others. A study from the University of California similarly indicates that those who were surveyed might have been correct in that the family income of most college students is above average. The median parental income of a college freshman is about $74,000, or 60 percent higher than the national average.

Indiana University's report also states that 26.9 percent of respondents said that qualified minority students have less opportunities to attend college. Again, data suggest that these individuals may have been right in that more white students tend to pursue higher education, regardless of whether this is due to lack of opportunities. In 2007, for example, 64.4 percent of college students were white, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Regardless of race or family income, higher education may be important for all Americans, as it can lead to better salaries, more job opportunities and lower rates of unemployment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states.

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