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Houston Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top Colleges

A whiteboard detailing college admission strategy at Emerge, a program in Houston, Tex., that encourages low-income, high-achieving students to apply to elite colleges. (Laura Isensee/KUHF)
A whiteboard detailing college admission strategy at Emerge, a program in Houston, Tex., that encourages low-income, high-achieving students to apply to elite colleges. (Laura Isensee/KUHF)

Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don’t apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.

With high tuition costs at these elite schools, many students and their families shy away from applying — even though financial aid options can drastically reduce the costs, or even let students attend for free.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF reports on a program in Houston that’s trying to change that.

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