Let’s Make it Easier for Low-Income Students to Apply for Financial Aid
The issue of college affordability is usually talked about as if the problem is a lack of good information, that students and their families don’t understand how the financial aid system works. In reality, the process for applying for that financial aid can be so onerous that it discourages talented students from even trying to navigate it.
For low-income students, getting into college isn’t enough. Colleges where students are offered admission are not choices if they cannot afford to go. The most significant hurdles in the process of applying for financial aid and securing adequate funding for higher education are generally not visible in the public conversation about the college admissions process. We ask the most of the students who have the least.