New Hampshire performs fairly well in preparing its young people for college.
- Eighth graders perform well in math, science, reading, and writing.
- However, small proportions of high school students score well on Advanced Placement tests.
College opportunities for New Hampshire residents are only fair.
- The likelihood of enrolling in college by age 19 is high.
- However, the percentage of working-age adults enrolled in higher education has declined by 52%, among the largest declines in the nation.
Higher education has become less affordable for students and their families.
- Poor and working-class families must devote 52% of their income, even after aid, to pay for costs at public four-year colleges.
- Financial aid to low-income students is low. For every dollar in Pell Grant aid to students, the state spends only 13 cents.
Students who enroll in higher education complete their degrees at high rates.
- Sixty-three percent of college students complete a bachelor's degree within six years—but this percentage has declined over the decade.
- New Hampshire is a top-performing state in awarding certificates and degrees relative to the number of students enrolled.
A large proportion of residents have a bachelor's degree.
- If all racial/ethnic groups had the same educational attainment and earnings as whites, total annual personal income in the state would be about $200 million higher.
Like all states, New Hampshire receives an "Incomplete" in Learning because there is not sufficient data to allow meaningful state-by-state comparisons.
Change Over Time: Key Indicators
The following reflects New Hampshire’s performance and progress since the early 1990s on several key indicators.
The percentage of young adults in New Hampshire who earn a high school diploma has increased since the early 1990s. High school completion is well above the U.S. average but slightly below the top-performing states.
College enrollment of young adults in New Hampshire has improved substantially since the early 1990s. The state is above the national average but below the top states in the percentage of young adults enrolled.
The enrollment of working-age adults, relative to the number of residents without a bachelor’s degree, has declined in New Hampshire—as it has nationally and in the best-performing states. The percentage attending college in New Hampshire is well below the U.S. average and the top states.
The share of family income, even after financial aid, needed to pay for college has risen substantially. To attend public two- and four-year colleges in New Hampshire, students and families pay more than the U.S. average and more than those in the best-performing states.
The number of undergraduate credentials and degrees awarded in New Hampshire, relative to the number of students enrolled, has increased since the early 1990s. New Hampshire surpasses the U.S. average and is one of the top states on this measure.
The percentage of residents who have a bachelor’s degree has increased in New Hampshire. The state is well above the U.S. average but below the top states.
State has improved on the key indicator in the category.
Change Over Time:
The following reflects the state’s performance and progress since the early 1990s on several key indicators.
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