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Holly K. Hacker

Holly K. Hacker in an education reporter and data specialist at The Dallas Morning News.

Recent Stories

The realities of being black at one Texas university

A racial divide on campus, 60 years after it was integrated

The rich-poor divide on America’s college campuses is getting wider, fast

Rich, poor take paths even more dramatically divergent than in the past, new data show

Colleges that pledged to help poor families have been doing the opposite, new figures show

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Decked out in black tie and formal dresses, guests at Mr. Jefferson’s Capital Ball finished their salmon with horseradish sauce just as the band lured them onto the dance…

Freshman Esmeralda Rosas of Dallas is going to the University of North Texas because of the Emerald Eagle Scholar program, an affordable education plan for lower-income families. Here she is photographed in the campus library where she comes to study, Monday, January 27, 2014. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

How some families pay less for college than others

The sticker price at Pennsylvania State University runs about $30,000 a year for in-state students. At Swarthmore College, it’s nearly twice that. Yet Swarthmore ends up being cheaper for most…

Poorer families are bearing the brunt of college price hikes, data show

America’s colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their college costs rise more slowly, or…