Tuesday, May 13, 2003We are wealthy, says a study that concludes low-income students are "hugely under-represented" at elite universities, and many who might succeed simply choose not to apply due to high tuition and a lack of financial aid:
"At U-M, 51 percent of freshmen in 2002 came from homes where the income was $100,000 or more, while that income group represents only about 12 percent of the nation's population."
"As part of the debate in Lansing about budget cuts at the state's 15 public universities, the Michigan House appropriations committee voted last week to eliminate a proposed $4-million boost in college aid for low-income students. The House is set to vote on a bill this week with cuts to universities ranging from 5.45 to 6.74 percent, depending on the university."
Both quotes are from the Detroit Free Press article: "Paying for college: Poor students are caught in a crunch", lest anyone misconstrue the study, the authors conclude "that race-sensitive affirmative action policies should be retained and expanded to include low-income students." See also:
AP: "High tuition keeps many poor students from applying"
Wall Street Journal: "Affirmative-action case may change policies"
Read the study by the Century Foundation here
Posted by Rob at 11:18 AM