AUSTIN — If you’re an aspiring car salesman or an academy graduate, you may want to consider attending an academy, which offers opportunities for the next generation of young workers.
And that’s what a new report by the Associated Press finds.
The AP’s survey of graduates at U.S. universities found that more than half of them want to go to an academy.
The vast majority, 56 percent, said they wanted to work at an Academy, the top tier of American colleges.
A second group of graduates, 33 percent, were interested in going to a college with a more traditional curriculum.
All told, nearly 3 in 5 students said they were interested, even if they never attended an academy before.
It’s unclear what role the academy, or more generally, the education system, plays in recruiting young people into the workforce.
That’s not surprising, said John Hoeven, a sociology professor at Rutgers University who specializes in race relations.
“It is the only way we can get the young people we need to compete in a competitive world,” he said.
“But it is also the only one where the government can actually do a lot.”
Students at some of the country’s top colleges can expect to make a living as car salespeople or teachers.
But that doesn’t mean they will have much money to spend on tuition and other fees.
At the nation’s public colleges and universities, the median tuition for undergraduates is $28,000, up from $24,000 in 2000, according to the Association of American Universities.
As part of a federal program to help colleges provide a higher quality education, universities can waive the cost of tuition for students who are from low-income families, earn a high school diploma or have parents with a bachelor’s degree or more.
More than 40 percent of those in the academy program, or 4.5 million students, qualify for federal student aid, the AP found.
That means that for most students, the most common financial aid offered to them is the Pell Grant, which can be used for up to $6,200 per year.
Only 2.5 percent of the students in the survey said they had taken out loans, the highest percentage in nearly a decade, the study found.
Many students also receive scholarships.
In 2017, graduates of four-year colleges received $1,100 more in aid than students in four- or five-year universities.
The number of students applying to colleges has risen dramatically in the past few years, as many colleges have started recruiting more students from low income families, said Laura Brown, the executive director of the Association for Community and Economic Research, which provides research and policy support to higher education.
More than 1 in 3 students who graduated from U.M.D. in 2016 were from low to moderate income families.
Students from low incomes also earn less than their more affluent peers, the Associated Public Schools of Chicago found.
For the second year in a row, the U.C.L.A. students who attended the highest-ranked college were from poor families, with students from less affluent backgrounds earning just $17,000 per year on average, according the AP.
Still, the numbers of students who have gone to an accredited college are steadily rising.
In 2017 the average number of high school graduates with a degree was 1,737, the number of undergraduate graduates was 5,092 and the number in the class of 2019 was 542, the report found.
The percentage of students at the top of their class rose from 9.9 percent in 2015 to 10.6 percent in 2018 and to 10 percent in 2019.