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Free ACT and SAT exams drive up college enrollment for poor students

from Education Week

Sharpen those No. 2 pencils: States that pick up the cost of college-entrance exams for all students can boost four-year college enrollment among low-income students, new research suggests. In effect, a mandatory entrance-exam policy helps remove one of the hurdles standing between those students and the track to a college degree. "The college-application process is complicated, and the only reason a lot of us go through it is because of parents and guidance counselors," said Joshua Hyman, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Connecticut, who conducted the study. "This exam is a gateway to four-year colleges." more


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