U.Va. Among Nation's Least Economically Diverse Schools

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The University of Virginia remains one of the nation’s least socioeconomically diverse public schools in the nation, according to a new report that also commends the University of Richmond for serving low-income students.

The report, released Wednesday by the New America Foundation, is critical of what it calls higher education’s “relentless pursuit of prestige and revenue.”

The report analyzed U.S. Department of Education data on the average net price paid by students whose families earn $30,000 or less. It also looked at the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants, which serve families with the most financial need.

The analysis found that low-income students suffered in states such as Virginia where schools sought to make up for dwindling state support by raising tuition while also increasing financial aid to lower-income students.

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