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Table SA-9. Percentage distribution of undergraduates, by control and type of institution and student characteristics: 2003–04
    4-year institution
Characteristic Community
college
Public Private not-
for-profit

Sex      
  Male 40.9 45.5 44.2
  Female 59.1 54.5 55.9
Race/ethnicity      
  White 59.9 70.2 67.3
  Black 15.3 10.4 13.0
  Hispanic 14.4 8.9 12.0
  Asian 5.3 5.9 4.2
  American Indian/Alaska Native 1.0 1.0 0.4
  Pacific Islander 0.7 0.4 0.2
  More than one race 2.1 2.0 1.8
  Other 1.3 1.2 1.1
Age      
  18 or younger 9.3 10.7 11.4
  19–23 37.7 60.3 55.5
  24–29 18.2 15.6 12.2
  30–39 17.5 7.6 11.0
  40 or older 17.3 5.8 9.9
  Median 24.0 21.0 21.0
  Average 28.5 23.7 25.0
Marital status      
  Not married1 70.4 85.1 81.8
  Married 27.3 13.9 16.6
  Separated 2.3 1.0 1.6
Single parent 17.2 6.3 9.0
Parents’ highest level of education      
  High school or less 40.8 26.7 27.6
  Some postsecondary education 27.1 22.9 20.2
  Bachelor’s degree or higher 32.1 50.4 52.2
Dependency and income2      
  Dependent students 38.8 65.7 62.3
    Less than $20,000 6.0 7.1 6.8
    $20,000–39,999 8.4 11.4 10.7
    $40,000–59,999 7.7 11.8 9.9
    $60,000–79,999 6.5 11.9 9.6
    $80,000–99,999 3.8 8.7 8.5
    $100,000 or more 6.3 14.8 16.8
  Independent students 61.2 34.3 37.7
    Less than $10,000 12.6 9.0 7.9
    $10,000–19,999 10.6 6.6 6.0
    $20,000–29,999 9.5 5.5 5.9
    $30,000–49,999 12.3 6.0 7.3
    $50,000 or more 16.3 7.3 10.7

1 Includes single, divorced, and widowed students.

2 Based on 2002 income.

NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:04).

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