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Intervening with High Performing, Low-Income Students Changes Enrollment Patterns, Study Finds

Ever since a 2012 study found that a majority of high-achieving, low-income high school seniors don’t apply to a single competitive college, educators and policy makers have been debating what to do about “undermatching,” as the issue has come to be called.

Some have argued for more attention (and resources) for the institutions that enroll these students in significant numbers, especially community colleges and regional public institutions. But many have looked for ways to attract more of these students to top colleges, which tend to have more generous aid offers and higher graduation rates than less competitive colleges.