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Latinos Need 5.5 Million More College Degrees by 2020 to Get U.S. Back

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Latinos must earn an additional 5.5 million college degrees for America to regain world leadership in college degrees by 2020, according to a new report.

The report, from Excelencia in Education and the United Negro College Fund, examines Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) alongside historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to bring attention to minority student access.

While HBCUs and HSIs only represent 20% of all U.S. institutions, they educate nearly half of all black and Latino students, according to the brief.

“The combined growth of Latinos and blacks in our population, and in higher education overall, requires more intentional focus on institutions that serve them,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.

A few key points of comparison between HSIs and HBCUs include:

  • 60% of undergraduate students at HSIs and HBCUs are Hispanic or black.
  • In 2012-2013, half of HBCUs (50%) and most HSIs (68%) were public institutions.

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Latino College Students And Financial Aid: What You Should Know

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Bill Sarno

Enrolling in college and applying for financial aid can be a tedious and intimidating process beset with a lot of deadlines and forms to fill in.

For families sending a child to an American college for the first time, and where English may not be the primary language of the household, this endeavor can  appear especially daunting.

Fortunately, for parents and students more comfortable communicating in Spanish, there is some accommodation within the college financing system. The most important is that the key component in the aid process, the Free Application for Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, is available online in both English and Spanish.

However, in any language, keeping track of the timetable for various steps in the process is  crucial.

Case in point, is that while many colleges  set Nov. 1 as their so-called priority deadline for aid applications for students planning to enroll …

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Latino Entrepreneurs Visit Hartford Schools To Inspire Students

Leticia Colon de Mejias (r) is one of six Latino entrepreneurs who are participating in the Ct Inovadores project

Leticia Colon de Mejias (r) is one of five Latino entrepreneurs who are participating in the “La Fuerza Innovadora” project

Leticia Colon de Mejias gave a swift rundown of her life in the Bulkeley High School auditorium Thursday.

“I’m a mother of six children, I own four companies, last year I made over a million dollars and I’m under 40 years old,” said Colon, who founded Energy Efficiencies Solutions, a Windsor energy conservation firm, four years ago with a $25,000 loan.

The longer version? It involved seeing every job as an opportunity, researching ideas and being ready for anything, she told students. “None of the doors will open until you start asking the questions,” she said.

Colon came to Bulkeley as one of the faces of “La Fuerza Innovadora,” or “the Innovative Force,” a state-backed media campaign highlighting Latino entrepreneurship in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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