Poor and smart? Go to college anyway

August 16, 2019 | Santa Barbara Independent

Something is missing from our conversation about college access and affordability for Santa Barbara students. Many colleges are more than willing — eager, even — to admit promising students with challenging circumstances. So why don’t low-income students take advantage of these opportunities?

In a recent article, the Independent noted that only 10 percent of last year’s Santa Barbara Unified graduates from a low socioeconomic background went on to a four-year college or university. I’ve worked with low-income college applicants for nearly a decade, first as a private college counselor offering my services pro bono, and now as director of Mission Scholars, a nonprofit dedicated to producing more college graduates from disadvantaged communities.

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