Low-Income College Students Too Few
csmonitor.com — About 50 percent of low-income students enroll in college right after high school, compared with 80 percent of high-income students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That's a gap of 30 percentage points, a gap that over the past 30 years has fluctuated between 22 and 49 points. For low-income students with high achievement levels, the college attendance rate is about the same rate as high-income students with much lower achievement scores. As competition intensifies in the global marketplace — and as the numbers of people in developing countries who complete college is quickly increasing — pressure is mounting in the U.S. to remove barriers to higher education and develop the pool of talent represented by low-income students.