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College collaboration will boost low-income enrollment

College collaboration will boost low-income enrollment

It's been over a decade since Harvard began allowing students from lower income families to attend for free. Many other prestigious colleges have followed suit, eliminating all fees for students whose families make less than $65,000 per year.

Yet the number of low-income students at top educational institutions remains appallingly low. Only 3 percent of the students at the 146 most-selective U.S. colleges are from the lowest socioeconomic quartile. More than half of today's college graduates come from the richest 25 percent of American families. Just one in 10 comes from a family in the bottom income quartile.

Individual schools can't bridge this divide because most...

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