Even as more colleges expand their search area for prospects, there are several signs that the number of students willing to get on a plane or drive several hours to go to college is not keeping pace,
For many working-class students there is no money for test prep or essay help. The alternatives to higher education — joining the military, working for $13 an hour at the local factory or getting a cheaper, faster trade-school certificate — are alluring. The cost of college may seem formidable...
This year many university officials are on edge, fearful of immediate and long-term impact on higher education as Trump seeks to tighten immigration enforcement and restrict travel from certain countries.
About 40 percent of students who decided not to go to their college or university of first choice cited reasons related to costs.
As many as 95 percent of schools are out of reach for low-income students.
A Trump effect? Many Canadian universities are reporting large gains in international applications at the same time some American universities are seeing declines.
By cutting a third of program's surplus and slashing other aid programs, Trump administration's first budget would imperil college access, advocates argue.
Some educators speculate that low-income students will be particularly inconvenienced, since they tend to file their applications closer to the deadline.
Many colleges have small pots of money to help students in emergencies such as eviction from their homes. Retention Grants, by contrast, focus on students who are just short of the finish line.
Their goal is to see 50,000 more low-income students attending and graduating from member institutions by 2025.