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Table P47. Percentage distribution of credential-seeking undergraduates, by family income, parents' highest level of education, credential goal, and curriculum area: 2007–08  
Credential goal and curriculum area   Number of students   Family income1   Parents' highest level of education  
  Total Lowest family income quartile   Second family income quartile   Third family income quartile   Highest family income quartile     Total Less than high school   High school diploma or equivalent   Some college, no bachelor's degree   Bachelor's degree or higher  
                                             
All credential-seeking undergraduates   19,440,000   100.0 25.4   25.2   25.2   24.2     100.0 6.4   27.0   27.0   39.6  
                                             
Subbaccalaureate credential   9,822,000   100.0 28.4   27.6   24.5   19.5     100.0 8.9   33.0   29.1   29.0  
                                             
Career education   6,383,000   100.0 28.3   27.6   24.8   19.3     100.0 9.6   34.9   28.7   26.8  
Academic education   2,361,000   100.0 28.5   28.0   23.9   19.6     100.0 6.2   29.8   30.1   34.0  
Undeclared   1,079,000   100.0 28.8   26.2   23.9   21.1     100.0 10.5   29.2   29.3   31.1  
                                             
Certificate   1,437,000   100.0 30.6   27.2   24.0   18.2     100.0 10.9   37.3   26.8   25.0  
                                             
Career education   1,253,000   100.0 31.9   27.6   23.8   16.7     100.0 10.8   38.6   26.6   24.0  
Academic education   64,000   100.0 22.4   22.9   26.6   28.2     100.0 8.9 ! 28.3   28.1   34.7  
Undeclared   120,000   100.0 21.3   25.4   24.5   28.8     100.0 12.5   28.9   28.4   30.2  
                                             
Associate’s degree   8,385,000   100.0 28.0   27.6   24.6   19.8     100.0 8.5   32.3   29.5   29.7  
                                             
Career education   5,130,000   100.0 27.4   27.6   25.0   19.9     100.0 9.3   34.0   29.2   27.5  
Academic education   2,297,000   100.0 28.6   28.2   23.8   19.3     100.0 6.1   29.8   30.1   34.0  
Undeclared   959,000   100.0 29.7   26.3   23.8   20.2     100.0 10.3   29.2   29.4   31.2  
                                             
Bachelor’s degree   9,617,000   100.0 22.3   22.8   25.9   29.0     100.0 3.9   21.1   25.0   50.1  
                                             
Career education   5,700,000   100.0 21.4   22.6   26.3   29.7     100.0 4.2   22.4   26.0   47.4  
Academic education   3,335,000   100.0 23.7   23.6   25.2   27.5     100.0 3.1   18.9   23.7   54.3  
Undeclared   582,000   100.0 22.6   20.8   25.8   30.8     100.0 4.9   21.5   21.8   51.8  
! Interpret data with caution. Standard error is more than one-third the estimate.  
1 Parents' income is used if student is dependent and student's own income is used if student is independent. Income rankings compare the student only to other students of the same dependency status.
NOTE: Data include the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08).  
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