When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions
Career College Central summary:
At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges. Nugent says during her tenure at Kenyon, there were low-income students at the bottom of the admissions list who sometimes weren't accepted so the school could make room for more affluent students.
"Approximately 90 percent of the class, we really did try to meet their full financial need," she says. "In order to do that, there was some segment of [the] class where we had to take into consideration: Do we have some students who can afford to pay?"
Nugent spoke with NPR and Maricela Oliva, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Click through to listen to the story.