Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Undermining Pell: How Colleges’ Pursuit of Prestige and Revenue is Hurting Low-Income Students

The report from The New America Foundation suggests an increasing number of colleges are using their financial resources to fiercely compete for the students they most desire: the best and brightest, and the wealthiest. The report assesses institutions using two metrics: the proportion of undergraduate students on a campus that have Pell Grants, and an institution’s net price (the average amount paid after grant and scholarship aid is deducted from a college’s list price) for students with family incomes less than $30,000.

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