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The Right Way To Capture College “Opportunity”

by Caroline M. Hoxby, Sarah Turnervia Education Next
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Higher education may be one of the most important channels through which people can attain improved life outcomes based on their merit rather than family background. If qualified students from lower-income families are underrepresented in higher education, there is potentially a failure not just in equity but in economic efficiency as well.

What High-Achieving Low-Income Students Know About College

by Caroline M. Hoxby, Sarah Turnervia The American Economic Review (P&P)
Friday, May 1, 2015

Previous work (Hoxby and Avery 2014) shows that low-income higher achievers tend not to apply to selective colleges despite being extremely likely to be admitted with financial aid so generous that they would pay less than they do to attend the non-selective schools they usually attend.

Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income Students

by Caroline M. Hoxby, Sarah Turnervia SIEPR Policy Brief
Monday, December 1, 2014

Only a minority of high-achieving, low-income students apply to colleges in the same way that other high-achieving students do: applying to several selective colleges whose curriculum is designed for students with a level of achievement like their own.

Informing Students about Their College Options: A Proposal for Broadening the Expanding College Opportunities Project

by Caroline M. Hoxby, Sarah Turnervia The Hamilton Project
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Most high-achieving, low-income students do not even apply to selective colleges despite being highly qualified for admission and success at these institutions. Because they do not apply, these students forgo the generous academic resources, increased financial aid, and better collegiate and career opportunities that selective schools offer.