Michelle Obama's push to get everyone to apply to college isn't as obvious as you may think

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Michelle Obama wants high schoolers to go to college, even if they don’t come from wealthy families.

In a speech yesterday launching the campaign, she had a seemingly simple message: Students should apply to and go to college. This comes as a growing body of research shows that merely getting basic information about colleges can make a big difference for some students.

In a paper published late last year, two researchers, Stanford’s Caroline Hoxby and University of Virginia’s Sarah Turner, found a bedeviling reason: The vast majority of great students who come from low-income families don’t even apply to selective colleges.

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