Many Black students in the U.S. face distinctive challenges to completing postsecondary programs. Six-year completion rates for any type of degree or certificate program are lower for Black students than for those in any other racial or ethnic group. Barriers to completion include the high financial cost of higher education and implicit and overt forms of racial discrimination that cause many to stop out or never enroll in the first place.

Findings from the study conducted by Gallup and Lumina Foundation highlight challenges facing Black learners pursuing different types of postsecondary education, including both short-term credentials and two- and four-year degree programs. Read the report to understand the difficulties faced by some Black learners as they pursue higher education while navigating difficult learning environments and balancing multiple responsibilities.