The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on college application data available from January 1 and January 15 deadlines. While the number of applications is up 10 percent from last year, data suggest that increased college-going isn’t uniform. Compared to last year, first-generation college student applicants are down by 3 percent and those requesting application fee waivers are also down by 2 percent. There is also a 10.1 percent decrease in the number of FAFSA applications filed. In particular, FAFSA applications from students at low-income high schools and at high schools with high shares of students of color are down 13 and 15.4 percent, respectively. Findings highlight the ways that the pandemic is continuing to entrench inequality. #covid-19 #education #racialequity
Data on college applications show equity implications of the pandemic
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