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Table 1. Percentage distribution of 2003-2004 high school seniors ever enrolled in a postsecondary institution, by sector of first postsecondary institution attended, student and family characteristics, and importance of financial aid: 2006

Characteristic Public 4-year   Private 4-year1   Less than 4-year2  
Total 40.1   19.9   40.0  
Female 40.3   20.4   39.3  
Male 40.3   19.4   40.3  
White, non-Hispanic 42.4   21.8   35.8  
Black, non-Hispanic 39.5   16.6   43.8  
Hispanic 27.6   12.4   60.0  
Asian, non-Hispanic 48.6   19.0   32.4  
All other races, non-Hispanic 39.6   24.4   36.0  
Family socio-economic status            
Lowest quartile 29.2   12.3   58.5  
Second quartile 34.4   14.0   51.6  
Third quartile 42.1   18.5   39.4  
Highest quartile 48.6   29.2   22.2  
Importance of financial aid in choosing institution4            
Not important 43.5   25.0   31.4  
Somwhat important 45.8   18.5   35.7  
Very important 37.6   20.2   42.2  
1 Private includes both private for-profit and private not-for-profit postsecondary institutions.
2 Less than 4-year includes 2-year or less postsecondary institutions that are public, private for-profit, or private not-for-profit.
3 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races..
4 Financial aid includes school loans, scholarships, or grants.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2F1WT. The flag variable G12COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2003-2004 high school seniors interviewed in both 2004 and 2006. Totals may not fall within the range of categorical values due to differential item nonresponse. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."

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