I would like to use data from the College Scorecard to calculate the proportion of students who are low-income or first-generation at each institution. In the dataset, I only see "number of" low-income and first-generation student variables. How do you recommend I calculate the proportion, if possible? Divide by the number completed in fill-in-the-blank cohort? Thanks in advance!

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These may be the variables are looking for:

  • Percentage of aided students whose family income is between $0-$30,000 student share_lowincome.0_30000 float INC_PCT_LO NSLDS
  • Percentage first-generation students student share_firstgeneration float PAR_ED_PCT_1STGEN NSLDS

Keep in mind these are percentages of title IV aided student cohorts


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