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The surprising reason college students aren’t applying for financial aid – MarketWatch

One in five college students may be leaving money on the table. Roughly 20% of undergraduate students didn’t apply for financial aid during the 2011 to 2012 academic year, according to an analysis released this week by the National Center for Education Statistics. The study adds to the robust body of evidence that many students who could be eligible for grants and loans to help them pay for college don’t fill out the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA), the gateway form that unlocks that money for students.


Low-Income Students Need More Than Just a College Degree, Report Says – High School & Beyond – Education Week

Getting low-income students into and through college isn’t enough to position them well for success in the workplace. They need programs that give them strong mentors and real-world work experience, and help them build their science, math, and technology skills, according to a new report.