For Whom the Pell Tolls: How Financial Aid Policies Widen the Opportunity Gap

In this study, we examined the financial impact of achievement gaps by projecting how student access to state-level merit-basedscholarship funds might vary, based on the estimated performance on the ACT. The findings parallel recent studies that show low-income students qualify for state-level financial aid at lower levels than their more privileged peers.

By Beth Tarasawa and Michael Dahlin

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