Report: Why Are Few Pell Students at Elite Schools?May 23, 2017 | :
by Christopher Beach
A new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce has sparked a lively debate on the merits of class-based affirmative action in higher education.
The report found that approximately 86,000 Pell Grant recipients score well enough on standardized tests to qualify for selective colleges (1120 or higher on the SAT/ACT, according to the report) but do not attend. Instead, a majority of Pell Grant-eligible students attend less-selective, open-access schools with lower graduation rates, even though many of them are qualified to attend elite schools with higher graduation rates.