Missing the fit: Low-income students and college success

Recently, the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution issued a report addressing the problematic under-matching of low-income students to the most selective colleges in America, says Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College. This means capable and deserving students are deprived of often less expensive and remarkable educational opportunities. Early data also reflect that low-income students who do enroll in the most selective institutions progress more effectively through the higher educational institution they select. The solution suggested by this research is straightforward enough: provide greater informational outreach about elite colleges, the admissions process and financial aid to these students…

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