The power of promising free tuition

Susan Dynarski, who was herself a first-generation college student, talks about a pilot scheme where the University of Michigan specifically targeted a group of low-income high-school students -and the trusted adults around them - with a commitment of four years of free tuition and fees if they were accepted on a course. Compared to the control group who received the standard information, application rates more than doubled, with implications for reducing income inequality in the US.

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Topics:  Education Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  university degree, Tuition fees, low-income students, US

Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, University of Michigan

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