- Associated Press - Sunday, December 16, 2018

An ongoing study is finding disparities among nearly 6,000 Vermonters who graduated in 2012.

The nonprofit Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s study’s latest results show 34 percent of students received a two- or four-year college degree within four years of graduating high school.

Just 46 percent of first-generation male students who started full-time at a 4-year school completed their degrees within four years. Rural counties had lower rates of students going to college.

Overall, graduates immediately enrolled at a four-year school at a higher average rate than the nation or region. Vermont’s college completion rate also exceeded the national average.

But more Vermont students dropped out without a degree than the nation on average.

The study examines enrollment data and 2012 survey completed by 84 percent of Class of 2012 seniors.

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