Merit scholarships could cost neediest students

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Many colleges are offering more merit aid to recruit high-achieving students — often, advocates say, to the detriment of low-income students.

“With their relentless pursuit of prestige and revenue, the nation’s public and private four-year colleges are now in danger of shutting down what has long been a pathway to the middle class for low-income and working-class students,” a recent report warns.

Many central Ohio college leaders said it’s a problem worth watching but is not happening on their campuses.

The report by the New America Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C., analyzed U.S. Education Department data showing the “net price” — the amount students pay after grants and scholarships have been exhausted — for low-income students at thousands of colleges nationwide for the 2010-11 school year.

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