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The 9th Graders of 2009, 7 Years Later

Nearly three-quarters of ninth graders tracked in a major federal study had received some kind of postsecondary education or training within seven years — and nearly a quarter of them had left their programs without a credential of any sort.

Of the 28 percent of respondents to the survey who were ninth graders in 2009 but had not enrolled in any postsecondary program by February 2016, more than four in 10 cited financial factors as the reason, and roughly the same proportion earned $10,000 or less in 2015.