Divided We Learn

Once the way up the socioeconomic ladder in America, higher education may now be deepening the divisions. First-generation, low-income students disproportionately wind up at campuses with the fewest resources; their wealthier counterparts, at the best. And, contradicting public promises, universities are raising their net prices faster for low-income than higher-income students.

A California preschool teacher reads to students. The state has the largest population of children 4 and under in the nation.

How three California communities are trying to improve preschool for vulnerable students

Preschool programs strive to involve parents, train teachers to improve preschool outcomes

Are too few college students asking for federal aid?

FAFSA completion rate stagnated, despite the rising cost of college

Freshman Arnaldo Gonzalez with his parents after the College Assistance Migrant Program celebration dinner in April.

A free sandwich can make the difference for some migrant worker children in college

For decades, a small federal program has been helping the students of farmworkers win at college with constant support

Dartmouth freshmen Daniel Inoa and Natan Santos had uncomfortable moments as they were told: “You look suspicious.”

After a tough but promising freshman year, Dartmouth student tackles change at elite campuses

Moments of cold, loneliness — and missing the merengue

In 6 states, school districts with the neediest students get less money than the wealthiest

New federal data shows a 3.4 percent funding gap between rich and poor school districts

race and college admission

Facts about race and college admission

Political winds may shift, but racial factors in college success statistics don’t

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Behind the Latino college degree gap

Latinos are the least likely ethnic or racial group to get a college education, new report says

How one test kept New York City high schools segregated

Student Voice: “I’m a Hispanic woman from the Bronx, I’m trying to get into Stuy. It’s unrealistic”

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