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Study: Cuts hurting low-income college students

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Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:17 pm

As proposed cuts threaten to slash both state higher education budgets and the Federal Pell Grant Program, a report released this week by the Education Trust shows the average low-income family must contribute an amount roughly equivalent to 72 percent of its annual household income each year just to send one child to a four-year college.

Middle-class and high-income families fare much better. They contribute amounts equivalent to 27 percent and 14 percent of their yearly earnings, respectively. The new report, "Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students," can be found online at

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