How to increase college accessibility for low-income students

12/10/2013 |

Low-income students could once count on the Pell Grant to cover more than 75% of college costs, but today, it covers barely 30%, University of Wisconsin at Madison education professor Sara Goldrick-Rab notes in this commentary. She offers a number of solutions, including offering free tuition for students attending two-year colleges, expanding work-study programs and reducing other tuition costs to make the Pell Grant more valuable. "The American dream holds that individual merit rather than family background determines educational opportunities," Goldrick-Rab writes.

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