It’s getting harder for low-income students to afford college, though Minnesota shows hopeful trends

“College may be increasingly necessary, but it’s increasingly unaffordable at a growing number of public schools in the United States. An analysis of more than 1,000 institutions found the average Pell-grant recipient can’t cover the cost of obtaining a higher degree from most U.S. schools even after pooling money from every available source. The report, by the National College Access Network (NCAN), shows the issue of college affordability goes beyond instances of extreme student debt or isolated admissions scandals. Evidence shows higher education mostly excludes low-income Americans, who can’t access the same schools as their wealthy peers because of the cost. It’s true of prestigious state schools like the ones local kids grow up imagining they’ll attend and it’s also true of community colleges, which are broadly assumed to be a cheap option.”

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