Income disparity affects how soon students enroll in college

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The number of high school seniors who begin college within one year of graduating and persist through college varies greatly by family income levels, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse.

The first-of-its-kind report examined the effects that factors such as income, race and ethnicity, and school setting had on how soon students begin college and whether they graduate. Although there were variations based on schools' concentration of minority students, the largest gap existed between low-income and high-income schools in all settings.

Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, said that disparity is a reflection of how poverty can affect a student's ability to learn.

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