August 15, 2014
Why It's So Hard to Tell What Low-Income Students Pay at Elite Colleges
A while back, we were curious about how affordable various elite colleges were for low-income students. The federal government had recently started collecting college-level data on net prices—what students pay after grants and scholarships—by income group. That seemed like a good place to start.
We knew that the data had a big limitation: Only students who receive federal financial aid are