Many Low-Income Students Don’t Apply to Elite Schools (NPR)


There’s a fact that may surprise many high-achieving, low-income students who live in rural areas, notes NPR in a story highlighting one such student, Kristen Hannah Perez of Celina, Texas, who plans to matriculate this fall at Dartmouth.

The fact: Highly selective colleges can actually be more affordable than less-well-known institutions that have fewer resources, NPR reports. But for a number of reasons, many students, especially in rural areas of the country, assume that these schools are “out of our league,” NPR reports.

Perez, who applied early decision to Dartmouth and was accepted in December, is an exception. “She ended up applying to Dartmouth College, where an education, including room and board, costs around $66,000 a year. Not only did she get in, she’ll be paying around $5,000, with help from work study and a summer job,” reports NPR.

Listen to the full story, broadcast 3/16/15 by NPR.

Grant Two Bulls, an 18-year-old senior from Minnesota, also plans to matriculate at Dartmouth this fall. A member of the Oglala-Lakota tribe, Two Bulls won the regional American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s competition and placed fourth in the national competition, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“I’m thinking about government, economics and probably incorporate some native studies along the way,” Two Bulls tells the newspaper. “I can really see myself being of service to my tribe, but I really have no idea what arena that might be in.”

Read the full story, published 3/19/15 by the Star Tribune.

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