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Report: Half of W.Va. seniors felt college-ready


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- State lawmakers will hear a report that says only about 50 percent of West Virginia's graduating high school seniors believe their high school educations fully prepared them for college.

The report will be presented by the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission on Monday. It's based on a 2012 survey of the state's graduating high school seniors.

The survey is intended to give policymakers insight on why more students aren't getting a college education. The state's college matriculation rate is 62 percent, five percentage points below the national average.

Among other things, the survey says about 57 percent of students overestimated the cost of tuition at a public in-state, four-year college. The survey also notes that students say cost is an impediment to attending college.

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