What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed

Appears in: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sara Goldrick-Rab
July 19, 2016

In an effort to better understand why some students from low-income families, for whom the grants are intended, finish college and others do not, we took an uncommonly deep dive by surveying them from the start, examining their financial aid and academic records semester after semester, and talking with 50 of them in person year after year. We stuck with those students, even when college wasn’t working out as planned, and even when they dropped out… Our findings contrast sharply with the stories often told by people working in higher education

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