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Free College Is Just Another Middle-Class Entitlement

By Chris West ● James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ● 07/09/2018


In the 2015-2016 year, 78 percent of community college students nationwide receive federal Pell Grant assistance. These numbers suggest that it is not the price tag of community colleges and trade schools that deter low-income students from attending. Nor is the mentoring side of the program encouraging large numbers of low-income young people to choose community college as the next step after high school.