When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions

Career College Central summary:

  • At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges. Nugent says during her tenure at Kenyon, there were low-income students at the bottom of the admissions list who sometimes weren't accepted so the school could make room for more affluent students.
  • "Approximately 90 percent of the class, we really did try to meet their full financial need," she says. "In order to do that, there was some segment of [the] class where we had to take into consideration: Do we have some students who can afford to pay?"
  • Nugent spoke with NPR and Maricela Oliva, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Click through to listen to the story.


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