ERIC Number: ED481885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Restricted Access: The Doors to Higher Education Remain Closed to Many Deserving Students. Lumina Foundation Focus, Summer 2003.
Sanoff, Alvin P.; Powell, David S.
Tens of thousands of students, especially those from low-income and minority groups, are unprepared academically for higher education, come from backgrounds in which college aspirations are not the norm, or lack the information they need to gain access. In addition, there is a growing difference in the rate at which students from different income levels complete college. The attainment gap persists after more than three decades of providing federal grant and loan aid. The reasons are many and complex, but can be summarized by saying that there is not enough money, and money is not enough. There are many college preparation programs, but there is no escaping the fact that money is a huge factor in determining whether students go to college, where they go, and whether they stay. To minimize potential loan burdens, many students from low-income families opt to attend less expensive community colleges rather than 4-year institutions. Many students at 4-year schools have unmet financial need. Many less well-endowed institutions compete aggressively for good students and offer merit aid to attract them. States have also entered the merit aid race, hoping to keep good students at home. However, many such policies target the middle classes. In an atmosphere in which access for the poor has taken a back seat to aiding the middle and upper classes, supporters of increased financial aid for low-income students face an uphill struggle. The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is an opportunity to recognize the importance of college access for low-income students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Paying for College, Student Financial Aid
For full text: http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/Focus03.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.