Cents and Sensibility
Without exception, students from low-income backgrounds interviewed for this article are effusive in their praise for Yale’s financial aid policies. They came from families where neither parent had been to college and high schools that offered few or no Advanced Placement classes and discouraged college counseling. In many ways, they say, they have adjusted well to a new academic and social milieu and distinguished themselves in their extracurriculars.
But the playing field is still not level. During the applications process, on campus and over the summer, lower-income students confront social, academic and financial challenges that they never anticipated.