Category Archives: financial aid

Show Them the Money!!!!

Crabby wonders what they’re talking about in Washington today…. Today (Dec. 4, 2014) a group of college, university, and organization leaders is meeting in Washington DC to discuss how to improve access to higher education for non-privileged students. Earlier in the … Continue reading

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“One Percent” Institutions and the Public Interest

Crabby pries open the golden gates… Yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education reported some good news for low-income students (fuller article in the New York Times): The University of Chicago will now do more for those students by, among other things, replacing … Continue reading

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Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking

Crabby suggests better metaphors for thinking about college access… In last Friday’s New York Times, Peter Dreier and Richard Kahlenberg wrote about “Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic.”  They note that affluent students far outnumber economically disadvantaged students at … Continue reading

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Fizzy Aspirations & Constipated Dreams

I’ve just returned from an informal session with some students participating in a mentoring program sponsored and run by 100 Black Men of Chicago. They work with African American high school boys on topics from academics to health; I was … Continue reading

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Is Free Tuition Really Free?

I know you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth (and surely there’s a 21st century version of that around somewhere…), and I support colleges’ and universities’ using more of their endowments to ease the financial burden on families … Continue reading

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