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In a new study, the Institute for Higher Education Policy says some large universities, including San Diego State, get low grades for the enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students.

The measurement was based on federal Pell Grants, which are need-based grants to low-income students. Researchers compared the percentage of enrolled students eligible for a Pell Grant with the percentage that would be statistically expected to enroll based on the schools' admission standards.

Found wanting in the study released October 29 were some large and prestigious universities: Penn State, Indiana, Alabama, Purdue, James Madison, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, San Diego State, and Texas Tech.

Among the universities increasing Pell enrollments while maintaining strong student standards are the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz, Irvine, Santa Barbara, and Riverside, along with Florida State and Florida.

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eastlaker Nov. 1, 2015 @ 9:44 a.m.

This surprises me--because I know there are quite a few students who are mostly self-supporting who go from local community colleges to SDSU. Could it be that not all students are aware of all the financial support available to them?

What about the category of those who are working full time but taking classes (maybe one or two) per semester? It sounds like this group might not have been included in the study.

Does this study include only full time "traditional" students?

Because I think that SDSU is really pretty flexible in accepting students from all backgrounds.

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Don Bauder Nov. 1, 2015 @ 2:04 p.m.

eastlaker: Maybe SDSU does not make students sufficiently aware of Pell Grants. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 1, 2015 @ 2:05 p.m.

Billy Wild: This sounds like a variation on debtors' prisons. We got rid of them centuries ago. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 1, 2015 @ 4:43 p.m.

Monitor: Please remove Sophie Quick item. It is an ad. Don Bauder

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