Higher education's shame
Take a good look at my colleague Jenna Johnson's story on merit scholarships. This is the achilles heel of our otherwise splendid higher education system, and should be getting far more attention than it does. She says from 2003 to 2007 "public research universities increased the amount of aid to students whose parents make at least $115,000 a year by 28 percent," according to the non-profit group Education Trust.
I have taken on those who say bright low-income college applicants are being frozen out of college. That is not true. But it is still a struggle for many of them to get enough money together, and to stay when their families encounter financial or health crises. Merit aid seems to be motivated, at least in part, by a lust for higher ratings in U.S. News and World Report. Is that the right way to go?
Read Jay's blog every day at http://washingtonpost.com/class-struggle.
| January 15, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories: Jay on the Web | Tags: merit scholarships; merit aid; more aid for affluent students; Education Trust
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