Lower income students more likely to attend less selective, open-access institutions: US study

May 24, 2019

A study out of the US has found that while greater numbers of indigent and minority students are attending postsecondary, they choose less selective colleges, which can decrease their chances of earning a bachelor’s degree. The total share of undergraduate college students who come from low-income families increased from 12% in 1996 to 20%  in 2016, according to the report. The number of undergraduates who are nonwhite also increased from 29% in 1996 to 47% in 2016. The report also finds that the number of low-income, dependent students that attended “selective” institutions only increased by 3%—from 10% to 13%—while those in two-year public colleges jumped from 13% to 27% over the same 20 year period. Inside Higher Ed Report (International)