The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

by Anthony Abraham Jack,
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 12, 2019

Twenty years after a few dozen elite colleges and universities provided no-loan financial aid packages to students from low-income families, the children of middle- and upper-class parents remain overrepresented in the undergraduate population of these institutions. At the most competitive colleges, about 14% of undergraduates come from the bottom half of the economic pyramid.