Elite Colleges Fail to Gain More Students on Pell Grants

Elite Colleges Fail to Gain More Students on Pell Grants | Beckie Supiano & Andrea Fuller | Chronicle of Higher Education |1 April, 2011

The article reports on statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Education regarding the number of undergraduate students enrolled at the nation’s 50 wealthiest colleges who received aid under the federal Pell Grant program for low-income students in 2008-2009. It examines how the inclusion of enrollment figures for part-time summer session students and international students may contribute to the stagnant numbers for Pell Grant students between 2004 and 2009, describes how schools such as Harvard University and Yale University offer loan-free student aid packages to attract students from low-income families, and explores the student recruitment efforts at schools such as Williams College, the University of Richmond, and Wellesley College.

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