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How Public Universities Shortchange Poor And Minority Students



A separate report this week by the left-leaning think tank Demos suggests that black students may also be disproportionately impacted by such policies.

At public colleges, more than any other schools, the rising tide of student debt has disproportionately burdened students of color, the report said. The gap between black and white student borrowing at four-year public schools is more pronounced than at private and for-profit schools. An estimated 81% of black students at public colleges borrow for their bachelor’s degrees, compared to 63% of white students, a gap of 18 percentage points. At private universities, that gap is 12 percentage points.

“The decrease in need-based aid almost certainly has a big part to play” in that gap, said Mark Huelsman, the Demos study’s author.