3 Ways to Close the Income Gap, and They All Start with College

It should be part of our public policy to ensure that ability, and not family income, determines who gets access to our nation’s selective institutions.

To change this, we need to stop over-relying on standardized test scores, which generally track with family income, and we need to revise college affordability policies.

Low-income students understand the importance of a bachelor’s degree. They enroll in college at high rates, but too many fail to graduate.

State, federal, and college financial aid policies need to change to extend aid beyond the cost of tuition and fees and include the cost of living, so that more low-income students can stay in school and graduate.

For more from JFF’s Michael Collins and strategies to address equity in education visit JFF.org.



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Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all. www.jff.org