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A path to college completion for disadvantaged students

A college education can provide a path out of poverty, but low-income students face many obstacles along the way, from difficulty selecting a college that is the right “fit” to knowing about financial aid options. While overall college graduation rates are rising, the gap between the top and bottom income groups has widened considerably in the past four decades, at a time when the payoff to a college degree has dramatically increased. This article reviews current research on policies that could help increase college completion for low-income students.

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Education & Training, K-12 Education, Postsecondary Education