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Fraction of Students Entering College, by Income Quartile and Birth Year

"Figure 6.2 shows the college entry rates for the two cohorts, plotted separately by household income quartile...The top two quartiles boosted their college entry rates by about twenty-two percentage points, to 80 percent in the top quartile and 60 percent in the next highest quartile. In the bottom quartile, the college entry rate rose just ten percentage points, from 19 to 29 percent. A result is that the gap in the college entry rate between the bottom- and top-income quartiles increased from thirty-nine to fifty-one percentage points."—p. 121, Whither Opportunity?

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