Submission Title

Inequality in American Higher Education

Presenter Information

Claire Couron, Gonzaga University

Session Number

RS14

Location

Robinson 310

Abstract Number

RS14-e

Abstract

Obtaining a college degree is crucial to finding financial stability. However, one’s social class often creates roadblocks in access to higher education, and in upward mobility after college. This research will focus on inequality in access to college and inequality within the structure of higher education itself. Low-income students continue to be at a disadvantage when compared to wealthy students. Although there are financial aid and work-study policies in place, low-income students remain at a disadvantage. The current structure provides little room for upward mobility, which often results in the rich remaining rich, and the poor staying poor. There needs to be greater outreach to encourage low-income students to enter college, as well as greater financial and social support through the college experience.

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Inequality in American Higher Education

Robinson 310

Obtaining a college degree is crucial to finding financial stability. However, one’s social class often creates roadblocks in access to higher education, and in upward mobility after college. This research will focus on inequality in access to college and inequality within the structure of higher education itself. Low-income students continue to be at a disadvantage when compared to wealthy students. Although there are financial aid and work-study policies in place, low-income students remain at a disadvantage. The current structure provides little room for upward mobility, which often results in the rich remaining rich, and the poor staying poor. There needs to be greater outreach to encourage low-income students to enter college, as well as greater financial and social support through the college experience.