For low-income students, the fastest way to an improved quality of life is a college education. Unfortunately, many students in financial need do not receive the comprehensive support necessary to access, let alone complete a degree.

For this reason, Lumina Foundation has released a self-assessment designed to help campuses take stock on how well they address the needs of low-income students.

Divided into six categories, the self-assessment is based on a report released last month titled Beyond Financial Aid, which identifies strategies for supporting low-income students.  With one in three college students in America receiving a Pell Grant (two in five in Florida), the report calls on postsecondary institutions to address the impediments that can deter low-income students from completing their degrees.  According to data referenced in the report, academically talented students at the lowest income levels graduate at a rate of only 26%, a full 44 percentage points lower than students in the highest income bracket with the same test scores (see chart here).

The self-assessment and guide aims to help campuses identify opportunities to broaden or deepen existing practices that are already in place, as well as discover new activities institutions might implement.

How many low-income students are enrolled at Florida colleges?  View the interactive table below to see if your campus might benefit from the self-assessment.

Pell Grant Recipients by College in Florida: 2012-13

To attend a webinar on July 28 hosted by Lumina Foundation and the authors of the report on how campuses can evaluate and support low-income students, register here.

For more information on the Beyond Financial Aid report and self-assessment, view this fact sheet or read the report here.


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