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Table 7. Percentage of 2002 high school sophomores who had ever attended a postsecondary institution as of 2006, by financing methods for higher education and selected student, family, and high school characteristics.

    Financing methods1
Characteristic Percent ever attending a postsecondary institution Grants/ scholarships   Student loans   Parent loans   College Work-Study   Savings/ job earnings2   Contributions
from
family3
  Employer assistance   Other  
Total 71.1 55.1 40.9 17.7 10.5 44.0   53.4 4.3 7.5
                                   
Sex                                  
Female 75.7 59.8 43.0 18.0 12.0   41.4 53.0 4.0 7.6
Male 66.4 50.5 38.8 17.6 9.0   47.4 53.9 4.5 7.2
                                   
Race/ethnicity4                                  
White, non-Hispanic 75.8 53.7 42.1 18.1 9.7   45.7 59.0 4.2 6.5
Black, non-Hispanic 64.3 67.3 47.3 18.2 15.6   34.1 38.2 4.3 9.2
Hispanic 60.0 53.2 33.1 14.0 8.3   46.0 40.8 4.8 9.6
Asian, non-Hispanic 85.4 60.1   33.5 13.6 13.8   41.1 60.6 2.5 7.1
All other races, non-Hispanic 62.1 54.3   40.8 18.7 12.6   47.9 45.6 4.9 7.4
                                   
Family income in 2001                                  
$0-20,000 53.0 65.8 36.6 9.3 13.5   38.6 31.3 4.0 12.4
$20,001-50,000 63.9 60.6 44.5 15.7 12.9   47.7 44.1 4.5 7.8
$50,001-100,000 78.7 51.3 44.6 22.0 9.4   45.1 59.1 4.8 6.5
$100,001 or more 91.3 44.7 27.7 17.9 6.0   37.3 74.3 3.0 5.8
                                   
Parental education5                                  
High school or less 54.3 57.4 39.8 13.8 8.7   43.7 38.0 5.0 9.3
Some college 68.9 55.6 43.4 17.9 10.8   46.3 47.8 4.3 7.8
Bachelor's degree 83.6 53.7 42.7 20.7 10.8   43.1 60.1 3.8 6.8
Graduate/professional degree 87.7 56.0 36.4 18.3 12.0   42.6 70.1 3.8 5.4
                                   
Native language6                                  
English 72.2 55.7 42.7 18.7 10.5   44.2 55.2 4.3 6.8
Non-English 65.8 55.0 30.1 11.8 11.1   44.5 41.1 3.7 11.3
                                   
High school sector                                  
Public 69.0 55.5 41.5 17.8 10.3   44.5 51.9 4.3 7.7
Catholic 94.2 51.4 40.9 20.6 13.6   40.6 64.7 3.4 5.7
Other Private 90.3 50.6   27.2 12.9 11.2   37.9 68.4 4.8 6.1
                                   
1 Respondents could give more than one payment method.
2 Savings/job earnings exclude College Work-Study.
3 Contributions from family exclude loans taken out by parents.
4 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.
5 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by either the student’s mother or father (including guardians); or, if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent (or guardian).
6 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT. The flag variable G10COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2002 high school sophomores interviewed in both 2002 and 2006.
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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