Students on both ends of the economic spectrum face challenges

August 28, 2019 | The Washington Post

Many of the students repopulating campuses at the nation’s most selective colleges this time of year grew up at opposite ends of the income ladder. One group comes from low-income communities and often from families in which they are the first to attend college. They typically pay little or none of their tuition and living expenses. The second group: children of privilege, usually coming from families with generations of college graduates. They typically pay full tuition.

The first group has had limited opportunities to succeed. The second has seldom been allowed to fail.

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