Public Higher Ed Skews Wealthy

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Media Outlet: Inside Higher Ed

Findings from the report Moving on Up? were covered in Inside Higher Ed:

A majority of the country’s top public universities have grown less accessible for the most financially strapped students since 1999 -- and at the same time, they have grown more accessible for wealthy students.

More than half of selective public institutions, 54 percent, have reduced the share of students they enroll from families with incomes in the lowest 40 percent of earners, while also increasing the share of students they enroll from families that are among the country’s top 20 percent of earners. Put differently, 217 out of 381 top public institutions enrolled a larger share of wealthy students even as they reduced their percentages of low-income students.

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Stephen Burd is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America.