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The Colleges That Do the Best – and the Worst – at Graduating Low-Income Students

For years, popular rankings of universities and colleges have been blamed for pushing universities and colleges to shift financial aid away from needy students to wealthier graduates of top private and suburban high schools who can help them raise their standings. Now the government has introduced another ranking meant to shame them into doing a better job enrolling low-income students and making sure they graduate. The schools are being scored for the first time based on the number of recipients of Pell Grants they enroll—grants that go to children of families earning around $40,000 or less, and used as a measure of low income—and the proportion who actually get degrees.