People from poor families are trying to get different scholarships to study at better schools or universities.
And still there are a lot of people who do not want to study, the quit education, drop out of school. High school dropout rates (meaning of young people ages 16 to 24) slowly declined between 19, from 15 percent to a low of 10 percent in 2003.
At the same time students from families with a low family income level have 23.9% of drops. It has been proven that Black and Hispanic youth is more likely to drop school than non-Hispanic white people.
The dropout rate is greater in cities than in other localities, and is highest in the West and South. For example in 2004 only 7 percent of non-Hispanic white people dropped school.
At the same time, students who were born in the United States but in a foreign family, had a dropout rate of 17%.
Both of these results are higher than the national average.
In historical perspective, Whites had always had a lower dropout rate than Blacks or Hispanics.
In 1980, for example, Whites had a dropout rate of 11.4%, Blacks had a dropout rate of 19.1% and Hispanics had a dropout rate of 35.2%.
Males constitute 50% of the population, but at the same time represent 57% of all the dropouts.
This way some students could be counted twice, in result accuracy of the school dropout rate suffers. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is responsible for calculating dropout rates.
Also in some cases students enrolled in equivalent programs are not counted as dropouts, but some cases they are. I say rates, because there are several types of dropout rates.
Although dropout rates are declining, this percentage still represents a huge number of people.
In 1993 almost 3.4 million people ages 16-24 were high school dropouts.