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Expanding College Opportunities for All Students


Published January 6, 2022

Caroline Hoxby explains how she and her team created a customized informational intervention to help low-income, high-achieving students learn more about the true costs of attending selective institutions. They tested this intervention using a randomized control trial. The intervention caused big increases in college applications, college admissions, and graduation rates for the treated students.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What challenges do low-income, high-achieving students face when applying to college?
  2. What resources might be useful to low-income, high-achieving students applying to college?

Additional resources:

  • Read “What High-Achieving Low-Income Students Know About College,” by Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner. Available here.
  • Read “Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving Low-Income Students,” by Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner Available here.
  • Read “The Right way to Capture College ‘Opportunity’” by Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner via Education Next. Available here.