June 27th, 2013 | University

Admissions Office bolsters low-income outreach

For the class of 2017, the admissions round is finally complete. But now — with all the letters mailed and the acceptances confirmed — the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is working toward improving recruitment and outreach strategies for specific populations in future admissions rounds.

In a Thursday press release, the Admissions Office announced a new campaign to inform low-income families about the affordability of Yale, aiming to reach out to students who may not consider applying to Yale because of misperceptions about its cost. In early June, the Admissions Office sent a financial aid mailing to 16,000 specifically chosen high-achieving rising high school seniors, and the office will send additional mailings about applications and fee waivers to the same 16,000 students later in the summer.

In the release, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan pointed to a recent report by higher education experts Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery that demonstrated the significant lack of academically qualified low-income students at top-tier schools. The report — published earlier this year — has since gained national media attention for uncovering the steep gap between elite institutions and high-achieving students from low-income families.

“It’s critical that these talented students understand that their high aspirations are feasible,” Quinlan said. “The research shows clearly that under-resourced students and their parents wildly overestimate the actual cost of attending college, whether it’s at Yale or another selective private college or university.”

The 16,000-student mailing was specifically directed at students in low-income neighborhoods who have performed exceptionally well on the PSAT or ACT, and also at students who have applied for a QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship.

Approximately 55 percent of Yale undergraduates receive financial aid from the University. The total cost of tuition for the 2013-’14 school year will be $57,500.