Too Few Low-Income College Students?

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The Christian Science Monitor

Getting a college education in the United States requires more than just good grades and hard work; it also takes money and knowing how to navigate a complex admissions system – two factors that have contributed to poor students’ underrepresentation on many campuses.

About 50 percent of low-income students enroll in college right after high school, compared with 80 percent of high-income students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. As competition intensifies in the global marketplace – and as the number of people in developing countries who complete college is quickly increasing – pressure is mounting in this country to remove barriers to higher education and develop the pool of talent represented by low-income students. In the past year, dozens of colleges have increased grants to families earning under $60,000. Aug. 6,