Low income no longer automatic barrier to college

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    When it comes to students from low-income families, it’s not surprising their options are often limited. These students do not have opportunities in many aspects of their lives. It’s unfair that their ability to go to a selective college has to be one of them.

    Students’ hard work in high school comes to almost nothing when, in the end, they can’t afford to go to the college they deserve.

    The university has recognized this problem and has programs in place to make up for student and family concerns.

    The Community Scholars Program attracts minorities from area high schools by awarding scholarships and support services for college. The program helps bridge the gap between low-income students and actual college enrollment.

    The TCU TRIO Programs were also designed with low-income and first-generation college students in mind. The Upward Bound Program educates students and families about college admissions, scholarship applications and academics. The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program provides disadvantaged college students with information they need to know about doctoral studies, and Student Support Services continues to assist enrolled college students maintain success.

    Low-income students and families might not realize that there is a way for them to attend the college of their choice. All they really need to do is educate themselves about it.

    These programs played a significant part in creating a diverse TCU community by informing economically-challenged students of the ways to cover large tuition costs.

    Having a diverse community allows the student body to open their minds to a variety of perspectives and hone their ability to make the most informed decisions.

    News editor Rose Baca for the editorial board.