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ERIC Number: EJ769494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Use Grants, Not Loans, for Getting Low-Income Hispanics to College
Adam, Michelle
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v72 n8 p51-55 Apr 2007
The Educational Policy Institute (EPI) is an international think tank launched in 2002 "to expand educational opportunity for low-income and other historically underrepresented students through high-level research and analysis." Financial aid to students is a major element in expanding opportunity and thus is a major focus of EPI. Alex Usher, vice president of EPI International and director of EPI Canada, spent years exploring data in this arena. He wanted to determine, in particular, the actual value of grants, with the goal of helping focus policy more intently on aid to people who truly need it. This article discusses the report of Usher on the subject, "Grants for Students: What They Do, Why They Work," which includes a summary of current research. Usher's report offers evidence of the need for more focused grant aid, but it is up to politicians, who often happen to be coming from the middle class, to look beyond their own lives and their own experiences in order to be able to provide help for those who are really the most in need of help. It is then, and only then, according to Usher, that higher education can serve as the equalizer of classes and provide opportunities for all groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada