Why aren't high-achieving, low-income students going to elite colleges and universities? Turns out, they're not applying.
The vast majority of very high-achieving students who are low-income do not apply to any selective college or university. This is despite the fact that selective institutions would often cost them less, owing to generous financial aid, than the resource-poor two-year and non-selective four-year institutions to which they actually apply. Moreover, high-achieving, low-income students who do apply to selective institutions are admitted and graduate at high rates.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ELITE INSTITUTIONS AND LOW-INCOME STUDENTS:
Why Smart Poor Students Don't Apply to Selective Colleges (and How to Fix It) (Derek Thompson for The Atlantic)
The Effects of College Counseling on High-Achieving, Low-Income Students (Study from Christopher Avery)
The Economic Implications of Not Cultivating Our Top Low-Income Students (National Journal)