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Lower Income, Higher Ed

College is seen as one of the most important ways for young people to break the cycle of poverty. In recent years, our nation has focused on helping low-income students apply to college and receive financial aid. This, however, is only half the story. By some estimates, a very small number of these students — only 1 out of every 4 — actually graduate from college.

In its latest documentary, WAMU will introduce you to Christopher Feaster — a low-income D.C. resident who didn’t complete college despite having a full-ride scholarship. The documentary explores how his story reflects the broader challenges facing these students and consider potential solutions to the nation’s low college completion rates.