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Do These 10 Colleges Hate Enrolling Low-Income Students? -- It Sure Seems Like It!

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One way of reaching out to low-income students is to ensure they are given a fair shake at attending the college of their choice. Many colleges are doing a good job of enrolling and graduating low-income students. On the other hand, others are not, including these top 10 well-known, selective colleges and universities. But why?

Who is on the list

A report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy recently examined colleges across the country to see which ones had low-income student enrollments that were far lower than other academically similar colleges. The examination identified these 10 well-known institutions.

The colleges include:

#1 - Indiana University at Bloomington
#2 - Pennsylvania State University
#3 - Purdue University
#4 - James Madison University (in Harrison, Virginia)
#5 - San Diego State
#6 - Texas Tech
#7 - Towson University
#8 - University of Alabama
#9 - University of Delaware
#10 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The study took into consideration admission standards and the college's graduation rate in order to determine how many more Pell students could have graduated from the institution. The Pell Grant is awarded to low-income undergraduate students with financial need. The greater the need, the larger the Pell Grant amount. So, why do some colleges have such small percentages of low-income students?

Reasons why

For some students, even after applying the Pell Grant, the college may not be affordable for them. Other universities say that budget constraints have forced them to take more out-of-state students who pay more in tuition, which rules out low income students. Whatever the reason, the fact that so many other colleges, like Indiana Wesleyan, with a 46.7 percent Pell enrollment rate, are accepting higher levels of low-income students indicates it can, and should, be done. Low-income students who meet all the admission requirements should have an equal opportunity to a good education and future.

Read more at www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/10/29/report-highlights-colleges-do-poor-job-enrolling-low-income-students

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