Getting Through College: Voices of Low-Income and Minority Students in New England

Colleen O'Brien and Jessica Shedd

Low-income and minority students face more obstacles than their peers in four-year, postsecondary education. With a quickly growing minority population and its status as a hub of higher education, New England must address the unique needs of these students to ensure quality education is available to all.
Financial aid, pre-college preparation, attendance, and feeling connected to campus are all critical to helping low-income and minority students succeed. Government, philanthropy, and institutions should offer support during the admissions and transfer processes, emphasize grant aid over loans, and create a community where low-income and minority students can thrive.

Low-income and minority students face many obstacles to success in postsecondary education, including financial, academic, and social barriers.