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NCAN: College Affordability Limits Student Options

According to Bill DeBaun, the Director of Data and Evaluation for the National College Access Network (NCAN), low- and middle-income students and families “wring their hands” over college tuition bills and worry whether they can afford this investment in their futures. As captured in a new white paper issued by NCAN, this anxiety continues to grow, at least when considering four-year public institutions.

According to NCAN’s analysis of three first-time, full-time student scenarios, students who live off-campus (not with family) and contribute summer earnings to their education have the highest percentage of affordable institutions to choose from – 27 percent. By contrast, for students who cannot contribute summer earnings to their postsecondary education, whether they live on campus, or off campus and not with family, just 3 percent of four-year public institutions are affordable.

Note: NCAN’s analysis only examines students paying in-state tuition rates.

Postsecondary affordability is a significant equity issue for low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color across the United States. These student groups access and complete college at lower rates than their peers, and when they do complete they are more likely than their peers to obtain an associate’s degree or certificate.

Download NCAN white paper, Shutting Low-Income Students Out of Public Four-Year Higher Education.

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