Report: Higher Ed Leaving Poor Students In The Dust
Career College Central Summary:
A New America analysis of the net price of colleges — tuition and fees minus grants and scholarships — shows that hundreds of schools expect the families of low-income students to pay half of their yearly earnings to send their child to college.
The U.S. News & World Report college rankings are really taking it on the chin this week.
New America points to the examples of Baylor University and Northeastern University doing everything they can to climb in the rankings — and doing so at the expense of poor students — and it criticizes the overall trend of colleges and universities doing the same thing.
Evidence suggests that colleges and universities are playing a “shell game” by using federal Pell Grants to replace their own financial need scholarships and shifting that money to attract wealthier students, which helps them advance in college rankings.
The report also includes its own lists, categorizing higher ed institutions across spectrums by how many Pell Grant students they enroll and how affordable their programs are for low-income students.
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