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State Merit Scholarship Programs and Racial Inequality

  • Author(s): Orfield, Gary
  • Cornwell, Christopher
  • Mustard, David B.
  • Binder, Melissa
  • Gandarton, Philip T.
  • St. John, Edward P.
  • et al.

Unmet financial need – the gap between the costs of attending college and the resources available to students from their families and from all sources of financial aid – presents a major barrier to college for students from lower-income families. The federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance found that unmet need is a barrier both to students’ initial enrollment in college and to their ability to persist through and earn a degree.

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