Debt, Doubt, and Dreams: Understanding the Latino College Completion Gap

44 Pages Posted: 5 May 2021

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Kate Elengold

UNC School of Law

Jess Dorrance

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Center for Urban and Regional Studies

Robert Agans

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 18, 2020

Abstract

Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill teamed up with UnidosUS to explore whether and how our debt-driven higher education system makes it difficult for students to finish a college program or degree. The quantitative research, gathered from more than 1,500 respondents from across the country, offers insight into the primary barriers making college completion difficult. With 35 percent of the respondents identifying as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latinx, the data shed critical light on the unique circumstances and particular challenges facing Latino students. The report contextualizes the data within existing literature, bridging the gap between prior research on college completion and student debt.

Suggested Citation

Elengold, Kate and Dorrance, Jess and Agans, Robert, Debt, Doubt, and Dreams: Understanding the Latino College Completion Gap (November 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3733738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3733738

Kate Elengold (Contact Author)

UNC School of Law ( email )

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Jess Dorrance

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Center for Urban and Regional Studies ( email )

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CB #3410
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3410
United States

Robert Agans

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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