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Jay on the Web: Pitfalls for Poor Students, Pt. 2

Yesterday, we wrote about Jay Mathews' column this week, which took on the conventional wisdom that talented, but poor, kids are often turned away from college. Jay challenged readers to point to a real life example of this happening and no one responded. Jay writes the real problem is keeping underprivileged students in school once the scholarship or aid money runs out. The column is still generating interest including this comment from conservative George Leef over at the National Review's education blog:

The idea that America is denying a lot of poor kids who want to study biochemistry the chance to improve themselves is useful in mau-mauing taxpayers into increasing student-aid programs. How many students like that are there? Probably very close to zero.
As Mathews points out, there are no doubt some students "qualified" for college who can't afford it. But poor kids who are just "qualified" are probably better off doing something else with their time and limited money than pursuing a BA degree.

Agree? Disagree? Leave your comments below.

By Washington Post Editors  | August 12, 2009; 2:04 PM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  college admissions, underprivileged students  
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