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Top Colleges Are Enrolling More Students From Low-Income Homes

A major push to increase enrollment of lower-income students at the nation’s top colleges and universities, including Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine, is showing some early signs of success, according to this article published in the Wall Street Journal.

The American Talent Initiative, backed by $4.7 million to date from Bloomberg Philanthropies, has grown from 30 schools to 108, with the goal of increasing by 50,000 the number of low- and middle-income students who enroll in and graduate from good colleges by 2025.

The University of California, Irvine, increased by nearly 900 the number of Pell students it enrolled in the past two years, the biggest gain for any single institution.

96 schools that provided data, including Princeton and the University of Michigan, increased their combined enrollment of Pell-eligible students to 217,541 from 210,250.

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