How rich colleges like Harvard and Princeton can afford to ignore the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

Elite college presidents reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision banning affirmative action in college admissions on June 29 with near-universal disapproval.

For all the hand-wringing, there is an easy way for institutions to legally refuse to comply with the Court and thus have the freedom to shape their incoming freshman classes using race as a factor, as they have in the past: Don’t take any of the government’s money. The Supreme Court only has jurisdiction over colleges that take federal funds, so the government couldn’t go after them for maintaining the status quo if they refused aid.

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