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How Hard Should We Try to Get Low-Income Students Into College?

In his Admissions 101 discussion group, Jay asks readers:

One of my recent columns in the Post is about efforts by some colleges to admit low-income students in groups of friends and high school classmates, so they can support each other and increase their chances of graduating.
One reader e-mailed to say that he liked the idea in principle, but thought it wrong that St. Mary's College of Maryland, a Maryland public school, spent Maryland tax dollars giving free tuition to graduates of D.C.'s Cardozo High, with which St. Mary's had nurtured a close relationship. (The federal government pays some of the tuition for nearly all D.C. students who go to college outside the city, since D.C. has no state college system of its own, except for the troubled University of the District of Columbia.)
Does his objection make sense to you?

Read responses -- and submit your own -- in this Admissions 101 discussion.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 17, 2009; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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