Admissions 101: College Pitfalls for Poor Students
It's conventional wisdom that talented, but underpriveleged, students are often turned away from college for lack of funds. Jay Mathews tried to dispell that idea in a column this week. He asked for readers to throw out examples of such students. No one wrote in.
Jay wrote the real challenge for needy students is not getting into school, but staying in once the scholarship and aid money runs short. Jay proposed investing money to keep these kids in school. The column has generated a significant amount of email and Jay has thrown the topic open for discussion over at Admissions 101:
drrico weighed in with this:
There has been an increase at my college in the number of students pleading for aid adjustments, and it's invariably because there is some hardship affecting the family (mother lost her job, father has been hospitalized, etc.) and the family has no Plan B. These are families that also have problems paying the mortgage and the electric company. It's no surprise that they also have problems paying the tuition bill.
Colleges are more forgiving than most businesses when it comes to carrying unpaid balances. But in the end the recession affects college students too, and I don't think there's anything special about the economics of college that can, or should, shield them from it.
Washington Post Editors
| August 11, 2009; 1:55 PM ET
Categories: Admissions 101 | Tags: college admissions, underprivileged students
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