NY Times piece on low-income students includes Emory horror story

This article is a must read for high-school counselors, parents, and students. Angelica Gonzales’s horror story involving Emory Financial Aid is something all students should avoid at all costs. The problems of navigating college admissions and financial aid offices–especially for lower-income kids who don’t get parental support or extensive counseling–can be insurmountable. As a consequence, Angelica has no degree and is now $61,000 in debt.

Emory doesn’t come out looking completely villainous (at least not to me), but it doesn’t look especially good, either. While the school’s financial aid can be very generous, The Emory Advantage—designed to help low- and middle-income families—isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Please read this story and pass it along to parents, students, and counselors.

(Disclosure: My son is a student at Oxford/Emory)

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