College graduation gap widens for low income students


More Kentuckians are getting college degrees, but a troubling trend has emerged in who receives them, Kentucky.com reports.

According to a new report, the gap between graduation rates for low-income college students and moderate- to high-income students jumped 8 percentage points between 2008 and 2010.

In those two years, the graduation rate of low-income Kentucky students fell from 46 percent to 35 percent, according to an annual accountability report from the Council on Postsecondary Education. In comparison, the graduation rate of moderate- to high-income students dropped four percentage points, from 57 percent to 53 percent.

The gap between graduation rates for rich and poor students increased from 10 percentage points to 18.