Delaware to Act on Research on High-Ability, Low-Income Students
- Research suggests that top colleges could attract many more high-achieving, low-income students
- New Help for the Middle Class
- Study finds that small differences in application costs can have big impact
- An Approach That Works
- Reed College eliminates application fee to increase applications from low-income students
Among the more notable pieces of recent education research was a study finding that most of the high-ability, low-income students in the country never apply to a single competitive college, even though they would likely be admitted and be offered aid. The research found that active outreach, explaining to such students what their options are, and providing application fee waivers, can encourage more of them to apply. Today, state officials in Delaware, together with the College Board and representatives of Ivy League universities, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are announcing a plan to reach all such students in Delaware and to provide the kind of counseling that the research says could make a difference. Other Delaware high school students -- who may not be at as high levels of academic ability -- will also receive outreach, with college options that might work for them.