Colleges' Message to Low-Income Students: You Can Afford to Attend
James Paterson, Education Dive
Last year, some 661,000 low-income high school graduates failed to cash in on $2.6 billion in financial aid because they didn't complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Lack of information about how to do the paperwork is one barrier. Concerns about immigration status, a criminal record, or limited English skills also prevent some students from filling out a FAFSA or applying for other forms of assistance.
By cutting the red tape around financial aid, public and private institutions of all sizes are reaching students who think they are priced out of attending.