Improving College Choices for Low-Income, High-Achieving Students: Evaluation of a Random Assignment


Evidence suggests that low-income, high-achieving students are not as likely to attend selective colleges as their high-income, high-achieving peers. However, selective colleges have almost 10 times the resources per student as typical nonselective four-year colleges, including such resources as more faculty members per student, better trained faculty, and better campus facilities and services. Low-income students who apply to selective colleges have about the same probability of admission and enrollment as their more affluent peers with similar high school achievement. This study administers and evaluates the four interventions to increase application to selective colleges by qualified low-income students through providing informational and financial supports.

Sarah Turner (UVA) and Caroline Hoxby (Stanford) are co-PIs.  This project is funded by the Gates, Spencer, and Smith-Richardson Foundations, and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Associated Faculty

  • Sarah E. Turner, University Professor, Economics & Education
    Associate Director, EdPolicyWorks