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The real reason Ivy League students graduate with the least amount of debt

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,314 Senior Member
"The U.S. News & World Best College Rankings contains some perplexing data.

If you were to only rely on the U.S. News & World Best College Rankings, you might get the sense that the colleges best at keeping students out of debt are also some of the most prestigious.

But the ability of these schools to graduate students with minimal debt loads comes with a caveat: they don’t enroll many poor students. Of the five colleges that U.S. News says graduates students with the least amount of student debt, three — Harvard, Princeton and Yale — enroll a relatively small share of students who are eligible for a Pell grant, the money the government provides low-income students to attend college, according to government data or figures provided by the school. At those schools the share of Pell-eligible students is less than 20%." ...

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dont-be-fooled-by-this-list-of-schools-where-students-have-the-lowest-debt-loads-2017-09-12

Replies to: The real reason Ivy League students graduate with the least amount of debt

  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 10,164 Senior Member
    I take the article's point. But....
    As part of Harvard’s financial aid policies, these students pay nothing to attend Harvard.

    ^ that's not true. H has a pretty hefty annual student contribution. $4K-ish.

    Also, the author needs to compare schools with similar % of Pell grantees to each other in terms of debt, not to colleges with way more or less.
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