Report: Expanding Access for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

Posted by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on October 30, 2017


How Selective Colleges and Universities Are Expanding Access for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

America’s elite colleges and universities can increase the number of high-achieving, low-income students who attend by taking simple steps to reduce burdensome fees and improve transparency.

Concerns about college costs, including room and board, discourage one in three (34 percent) of high-achieving, low-income students from applying to any college. Nearly half (44 percent) of these students never visit their top choice school, and almost one in four (23 percent) apply with no help from parents, teachers, or counselors.

In addition to identifying common challenges, “Opening Doors” provides a road map for how America’s top colleges can reverse the trend, calling on selective institutions to learn from the best practices of elite colleges that have already opened their doors wider to outstanding low-income students.

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