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Wealthy Colleges Discriminate Against Low-Income Students

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In the United States the income of ones family is of great importance when it comes to college education. The data clearly shows that you are more likely to go to college if you come from a richer family. (Berg) This essay will discuss how family income affects a persons possibility to apply for, go to, and succeed at a good college and some possible reasons for and consequences of the situation.

First of all grades are closely linked to family-income, as Rampell states in the article Freebies for the Rich, and the lower grades makes the low-income students less likely to apply for or go to an elite college. In the example in the article the student’s grade lowered due to him working 25 hours per week to support his family. Since most elite colleges only accept student with excellent grades, most low-incomes student will feel it is useless to apply for these colleges and those who do has almost no chance of getting accepted. The table on page 43 in the previously mentioned book shows that only 5 percent of the applicants to Harvard and Princeton and 6 percent of the applicants for Yale have a family income under 30000 dollar per year. (Berg) This indicates that the low-income students feel that they have no chance.

The reason for this problem is the money itself. The families need the income of the youths to support the families. In my opinion, when a student goes to school full-time, that is what they should focus on. The families should have other possibilities to get more money. In America the minimum wage is very low, making it possible for a family to have parents with full-time jobs and still not have enough money for the family. The situations for a single parent or unemployed parents are worse.

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...mily decreases your chance of applying to, going to and succeed at a good college. The grades are closely linked to income, and many simply can not afford cost, leading to less poor children to apply and a tougher time getting accepted. The expectations, support and help from the family is less than in a high-income family and their social heritage does not normally prepare the low-income students for the college environment, making it harder for low-income student to succeed. The consequences are a more inequality, less opportunities and a harder time climbing the socioeconomic ladder.

Works Cited

Berg, Gary. Low-Income Students and the Perpetuation of Inequality : Higher Education in America. Farnham, Surrey, GBR: Ashgate Publishing Group, 2010.

Rampell, Catherine. “Freebies for the Rich”. Nytimes.com. The New York Times, 24 Sept. 2013. Web. 1 Jan. 2013
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