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ERIC Number: ED499442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
A Note on How Well Available Income Information Identifies Low-Income Students. Discussion Paper No. 71
Winston, Gordon; Hill, Catharine; Zimmerman, David
Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, Williams College
This note looks at the quality of the information on family income that selective colleges rely on to increase equality of opportunity by recruiting high-ability, low-income students. Individual family income estimates embedded in the College Board's search parameters are compared, for 635 recent Williams matriculants, with their incomes as reported on IRS Forms 1040 and, for further comparison, with self-reported incomes. The data suggest that there is considerable room for improvement and, indeed, until there is better information, that any effort to increase equality of opportunity by energetic recruitment of high-ability, low-income students will be haphazard at best. (Contains 2 footnotes, 3 figures and 5 tables.) [Support provided by the Andrew Mellon Foundation to the Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education.]
Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education. Williams College, 23 Whitman Street, Mears West, Williamstown, MA 01267. Tel: 413-597-3338; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Williams Coll., Williamstown, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A