Rising prices on the poorest

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In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost of college. The presidents pledged to create more opportunities for low-income students to go to college and succeed once they get there. But data show that those same institutions have been raising their prices fastest for the poorest students than for wealthier ones. This week on the podcast, we talk to a reporter who has been following the rising college cost burden on poor families. Jon Marcus is higher-education editor at the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit education news service. Here’s his recent story, “Colleges that pledged to help poor families have been doing the opposite, new figures show”.

Rising prices on the poorest. Image: Hechinger Report web site.

Rising prices on the poorest. Image: Hechinger Report web site.