The Students Disappearing Fastest From American Campuses? Middle-Class Ones
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
Alec Scicchitano may have been considered middle class, but it was still going to be hard for him to afford college. And it was. In his first two years in college, he got only a small break on tuition. Scicchitano started burning through his savings, though he at least saved money on room and board by commuting from home.
The proportion of middle-class students like Scicchitano at colleges and universities has been quietly declining, sharply enough that some institutions—worried about the effect on campus diversity and their own bottom lines—have started publicly announcing special scholarships to cover all or most of their tuition.