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Experts: Get College Financial Aid Info Out Early

More students from low-income families might enroll in college if they got information about student financial aid while they were still in middle school, a new report released Thursday contends.

But the report—put out by the Urban Institute and titled “Delivering Early Information about College Financial Aid Exploring the Options for Middle School Students”—does not argue for providing that information in a school setting.

Rather, the report calls for taking a look at the pros and cons associated with delivering financial aid information to low-income families with middle schoolers when or shortly after their parents file their taxes or apply for social support benefits—namely, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and Medicaid.