More than 40% of US students who begin attending a four-year college will fail to earn a degree six years, research shows. This is thought to be caused in part by financial standing, because more than 90% of college students from the top income bracket graduate, compared with just 15% of those in the bottom income bracket. About 60% of college students who are the first in their families to attend college do not graduate. This might be because low-income parents are less likely to have gone to college themselves and might not be able to offer first-hand knowledge or support.
More about college graduates:
- The college dropout rate in the US, including two-year colleges, is more than 50%, making it the country with the second-highest college dropout rate, after Hungary.
- Females have a higher rate of college graduation in the US at 59%, compared with 54% of males.
- As of 2012, about half of US college graduates were working in jobs that did not require a college degree.