Economist Describes a Missing Pool of Low-Income College Applicants

Each year thousands of high-achieving students from low-income families do not apply to selective colleges that would almost certainly accept them, according to a paper presented here on Saturday during the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.

Most such students do attend college somewhere—often at nonselective institutions where the median SAT score is hundreds of points below their own. But they miss out on the challenging course work and valuable career