I was once on College Confidential’s message boards when I came across a post from a teenager lamenting that her parents didn’t have the money to give her the $50 she needed for a college application.
It broke my heart to realize that some families are really so cash-strapped that they can’t even afford college application fees, let alone college tuition.
But going to college can often be the best shot that many poor kids have for opportunity and a better chance in life.
So when I think about how many students must be in that teen girl’s same position, it’s really distressing — and it should bother all of us. [continue reading…]