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ERIC Number: ED459670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access among the 50 States. New Agenda Series[TM], Volume 4, Number 3.
Kipp, Samuel M., III; Price, Derek V.; Wohlford, Jill K.
This study classifies more than 2,800 public and private four-year and two-year colleges and universities in the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to their "accessibility" to typical residents. Accessibility has two components: admissibility (whether or not a college admits typical college-bound students in the state) and affordability. Virtually all public two-year colleges and many regional public four-year colleges were classified as admissible, but fewer private four-year colleges and "flagship" state universities received this classification. Data were from 1998, the most recent year for which the most complete data were available. Public two-year community or technical colleges are consistently the most affordable institutions in every state for all four groups of students (traditional college age, dependent low-income, dependent median-income, and nontraditional adult). Private four-year colleges were the least frequently affordable, and 28 states have no private four-year colleges that are affordable to low-income students. Twenty-one states have no such colleges for median-income students. Thirteen states had no private two-year colleges included in this study. In most states, a limited range of affordable options exists for low-income undergraduates whether they are dependent or independent. Overall, borrowing is more frequently required to achieve affordability for low-income students than for median-income students. Three appendixes discuss institutions included in the study, review student income definitions, and estimate expected student aid. Individual state summaries are attached. (SLD)
Lumina Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 1806, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806. Tel: 800-834-5756 (Toll Free). For full text: Web.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
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