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COLLEGES LAVISHING MORE FINANCIAL AID ON WEALTHY STUDENTS

Financial aid has traditionally been seen as a lifeline for poor students at public colleges. But it is increasingly being used to attract students from more affluent families.

In competition with private schools and other public universities, the state schools are using the money to lure the most qualified students, raise average test scores and entice students from high-income families who can pay the rest of the full sticker price.