The gap in degree attainment between rich and poor families in the U.S. is widening. Rising cost and lower government aid have made it even more difficult for poor students to obtain a college degree today than 45 years ago. Families and students contributed one-third of revenue needed to support the higher education system in 1980, but just over half in 2012.

Published by The Pell Institute and Penn AHEAD in early February, 2015, Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 45 Year Trend Report is a must read for those who care about education access and affordability.

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