At 17 colleges and universities, poor students pay more

As United States college admission decisions pour in and students weigh their options, some institutions are putting the poorest students at a surprising disadvantage: there are 17 colleges and universities where the lowest-income students may end up paying more out of pocket than the highest-income ones, writes Fazil Khan for The Hechinger Report.

At these 17 colleges and universities in 2020-21, students from families earning under US$30,000 actually paid more in net price – which is the amount students pay after discounts and financial aid – than those from families making US$110,000 a year or more, the latest available federal data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System showed.

The additional amount ranged from just US$152 at Texas College in Tyler, Texas, to more than US$5,000 at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Those figures reflect what was paid by students in the lowest-income quintile compared with what was paid by students in the highest-income quintile. The 17 institutions are spread across 14 states; two are public universities. Generous financial aid to the higher-income students often accounts for the difference.
Full report on The Hechinger Report site