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High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short

Top students from low-income families make up just 3 percent of enrollment on elite campuses, and a new report says there are lots of things higher ed can do to fix that.
Source: Maria Fabrizio for NPR

When Anna Neuman was applying to college, there weren't a lot of people around to help her. Students from her high school in Maryland rarely went on to competitive colleges, the school counselor worked at several different schools and was hard to pin down for meetings and neither of her parents had been through the application process before.

The only thing her parents told her was, she'd have to pay for it herself.

"It was really stressful," Neuman recalls. "I was like: What is going on? None of my friends knew anything – their parents didn't go. It was just

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