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Table P184. Percentage distributions of credential-seeking undergraduate students across student race/ethnicity and family income, by credential goal and curricular area: 2015–16
Credential goal and curricular area Race/ethnicity1   Family income2
White   Black   Hispanic   Asian   Other     Lowest
25 percent
  Middle
50 percent
  Highest
25 percent
 
All credential-seeking students 53.0   15.8   19.3   7.2   4.7     24.8   50.3   24.9  
Subbaccalaureate credential 48.2   17.0   23.7   6.2   4.9     27.6   52.8   19.6  
Occupational education 47.2   18.3   23.7   6.1   4.8     27.2   53.1   19.8  
Academic education 50.6   14.4   23.4   6.7   5.1     28.7   52.1   19.2  
Undecided 49.5   13.8   26.4   6.2   4.0     27.7   54.5   17.8  
Certificate 49.1   20.2   21.7   5.0   4.0     28.5   50.8   20.7  
Occupational education 48.1   21.2   22.3   4.4   4.1     29.1   51.5   19.3  
Academic education 58.7   11.1   15.8   10.0 ! 4.4 !   23.8   44.8   31.4  
Undecided 50.4   20.3 ! 20.6 !       23.0 ! 44.4   32.6  
Associate’s degree 48.0   16.4   24.1   6.5   5.0     27.4   53.3   19.3  
Occupational education 46.9   17.4   24.0   6.6   5.0     26.6   53.5   19.9  
Academic education 50.0   14.6   23.8   6.4   5.1     29.0   52.5   18.5  
Undecided 49.4   13.2   27.0   6.0   4.4     28.1   55.5   16.4  
Bachelor’s degree 58.1   14.4   14.6   8.3   4.6     21.7   47.6   30.6  
Occupational education 58.7   15.1   14.0   7.9   4.3     20.3   47.7   32.0  
Academic education 57.1   12.9   15.8   9.0   5.1     24.3   47.8   27.9  
Undecided 55.3   12.2   16.2   11.6   4.7     27.5   39.5   33.1  
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error is between 30 and 50 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the standard error is greater than 50 percent of the estimate.
1Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Other includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and persons of Two or more races. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
2Family income is the 2014 income of parents of dependent students, or the 2014 income of independent students and (if married) their spouse.
NOTE: Occupational education consists of agriculture and natural resources; business and marketing; communication and communications technologies; computer and information sciences; consumer services (personal and culinary services; family, consumer, and human sciences; and parks, recreation, and fitness studies); education; engineering, architecture, and science technologies; health sciences; manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation; protective services; and public, legal, and social services (legal professions and studies; library science; theology and religious vocations; and public administration and social services). Academic education consists of English/letters, foreign languages, interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts, natural sciences and mathematics, philosophy and religious studies, social and behavioral sciences (area/ethnic studies, history, international relations and affairs, political science, psychology, and other social sciences), and visual and performing arts. Data include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The estimated number of credential-seeking undergraduates is approximately 18,716,000. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16).