African Immigrants Hold More Degrees in the US

We have done several articles on being successful without a college degree. We feel it is important to give people options when it comes to what they want to do in order to achieve their dreams and it doesn’t always start with a degree.

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year is $32,405 at a private school. For public colleges it cost $9,410 for in state residents and $23,893 for out of state students.  This amount of money can be preemptive to some, also this figure does not include room and board or books.

Even though most college students come out of school with heavy student loan debt, African immigrants still believe it’s worth it.

african male university graduate

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, African immigrants to the United States are more likely to obtain a college degree. Out of all the African immigrants 48.9% hold a college degree, slightly above Asian immigrants, almost double the rate of white Americans, and four times the rate of African Americans.

These numbers don’t just stop at undergraduate degrees either; 19.4% of all adult African immigrants in the United States held a graduate degree. Comparing this to the 8.1% of white Americans and 3.8% of African Americans in the United States.

Looking at all the immigrants coming to the United States, the African-born population age 25 and older has the highest reported degree holders at 86.4%. Compared with 78. 9% of Asian born immigrants and 76.5% of European born immigrants.

In spite of the rising cost of education, African immigrants lead the way in obtaining a college degree.


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