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Boosting College Equity for Low Income Students

admin | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Increasing students’ knowledge of college choices, financial aid, and other aspects of the college-going process will result in greater equity in higher education attainment for low income students, according to a new report published by the Pell Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

This is great news for students who participate in Career & College Clubs, where they are engaged in learning this vital information – and teaching it to their peers – as early as 5th grade.

The report found that low income students are more likely to enroll in two-year and for-profit institutions, where completion rates are lower. When they don’t complete, these students lose out on the benefits of higher education, and may be worse off financially than if they  hadn’t attended at all.

In contrast, students who attend four-year public and private, not-for-profit schools, are more likely to complete and realize the benefits of higher education.

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States — 2016 Historical Trend Report, suggests that increasing low income students’ knowledge about postsecondary education, combined with greater financial resources and preparation for college-level work, will result in more of these students attending schools where the chances of completion are higher.

The report suggest that more high school counselors are needed. We agree, but for most students high school to TOO LATE to start internalizing their postsecondary aspirations. Career & College Clubs focuses on students in the middle grades, so they enter 9th grade with the knowledge and skills needed to maximize their high school years and succeed in college and life.

The full report can be found here. The discussion on increasing college choice for low income students can be found on pages 75-85.

 

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