“College isn’t for us”

Posted on October 23rd, 2013

For wealthy students who attend quality high schools where attending college is the norm, their only struggle is choosing which college to go to.

But for poor students, college isn’t even in the picture.

Why don’t low-income students go to college?

Despite steps that have been made to increase access to higher education for low-income students, many do not think of going to college as a viable option.

With skyrocketing tuition and a lack of guidance or information from high school counselors, poor students often grow up assuming college is only for the elite–the kids who went to the right schools, lived in the right neighborhoods, and came from the right families.

This fascinating post from the Hechinger Report explores the difficulties of overcoming the assumption of low-income students that college isn’t for them and demonstrates the contrast in perspective between an affluent minority student and a poorer one.

Changing perceptions of college

Increasing access to college isn’t easy, but changing the mindset of students living in poverty is even more difficult. As we’ve written before, many smart, low-income students do not even apply to 4-year colleges, even though they could receive significant financial aid from these schools.

With such high sticker prices, it’s not surprising that many students are scared off by the prospect of attending–particularly if no one in their family or circle of friends has even considered college.

Finding a college you can afford

If you want to attend college but aren’t sure how to pay for it, check out our online resources, tweet us at @CFGCollege, or give us a call toll-free at 1-888-234-3907. Your ability to pay should never stop you from going to college.

Every student who wants to pursue higher education should have the chance to go somewhere. With the help of an experienced counselor, anyone find an affordable college that fits their goals, needs, and budget.

Category: Choosing a College

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