The Growth of Unmet Need
By Scott Jaschik
The rhetoric of college admissions is all about possibility. Prospective students are encouraged to enroll and told of the availability of aid -- federal, state and institutional -- to help.
But is that rhetoric overstated? A new analysis by the Center for Law and Social Policy suggests that it is a stretch to say that most students receive enough money to afford college.
"When Financial Aid Falls Short" finds that the gap between the cost of attending college (including living expenses) and all student resources that do not need to be repaid grew by 23 percent between 2012 and 2016. And for many students, the report says, the gap is quite large.
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