How Can College be the Great Equalizer if the System is Rigged?

by Yvette Montoya

On Monday ProPublica uncovered a new college admissions scandal involving forty suburban Chicago families who renounced legal guardianship of their college-bound teens so that they can declare themselves financially independent and get scholarships, grants, and aid meant for low-income students.

Most of the teens are high achieving scholars, athletes, and musicians and their parents are doctors, lawyers, superintendents as well as insurance and real estate agents. Not exactly the picture of people in need. But they’re definitely people who are also feeling the sharp increase in the cost of college tuition and the cost of living. This highlights the fact...

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