Ranking Campuses by Low-Income Enrollment

July 14, 2006

In the Chronicle of Higher Education's excellent series on low-income and working class students in college, the editors included rankings of elite colleges' enrollments of Pell grant recipients. The Pell grant data that is available from the U.S. Department of Education is for an entire academic year -- in other words, all the students who received a grant during any term, including...

Campus Data on Private Loans

June 29, 2006

The economicdiversity.org database includes campus-by-campus data on the total student loan debt of graduating seniors. The numbers come from the Common Data Set, and are reported by the campuses to the various publishers of college guides. The instructions to campuses tell them to include private loans in the total. But at a recent meeting between campus data-keepers and the...

Economic Diversity in the News

June 14, 2006

"Working Class Students Feel the Pinch" in the Chronicle of Higher Education on June 9. This article is about how the financial aid formula can work against working-class students who work hard to pay for school.