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rigorousness of the district."
In describing the need for this kind
of program, which is unique to the
Oregon version of GEAR UP, Enriquez said that visits to the larger
universities were scaring off some
students from rural communities.
"They're visiting classrooms that
hold more people than live in their
town. They go through the lunch line
and they have to go through turnstiles, and they've never seen those,"
A few years ago, a group of students from the tiny logging community of Powers came off a tour of the
20,000-student University of Oregon
not wanting to go to college at all. In
a post-visit survey, they indicated,
"College is not for me. It's too big and
too scary,' " Enriquez said.
The colleges that students see
during the weeklong summer camp
generally have between 1,000 and
College "fit," including the financial, cultural, social, academic, and
geographic factors that make an institution a good choice or not for a
student, has been the subject of much
research over the past decade. In the
2016 book Matching Students to Opportunity: Expanding College Choice,
Access, and Quality, Jessica Howell
and her co-authors explain that college fit, and in particular going to a
school that matches a student's academic credentials, is positively associated with earning a degree.
"By and large, we know that when
students enroll in a college that isn't
a good fit for them, that's usually because they didn't consider colleges
that would have been a better fit,"
Howell said in an interview. "We need
to open up students' eyes early in the
process so they know their options."
But experts say private institutions can put together hefty financial-aid packages that often bring
the cost below what a student would
pay at a state university.
"The private school model tends to
be high sticker price, high discount
rate," said Howell, who is the executive director of policy research at the
College Board. "Students don't realize
it's like shopping for cars-the sticker
price isn't what you're going to pay."
In addition to need-based aid, federal and state grants, and college
work-study, private colleges often
give merit-based scholarships. Merit
awards can be harder to get at large
institutions given the sheer number of
applicants, said Keller of the National
College Access Network. "You may
find that a student who may not have
hit the benchmark at a big four-year
public may hit it at a small private,"
But even with a generous aid package, the numbers don't always work
out. The average net price for lowincome students at the Oregon state
universities is about $13,000. At private schools including Linfield, Lewis
& Clark College in Portland, and Pacific University in Forest Grove, it's
closer to $20,000. However, at Reed
College, among the nation's most academically prestigious private colleges,
low-income students only tend to pay
Daniel Urdelas, a freshman at the
private, nonprofit Pacific University,
said he realized he wanted to go to
a small school while attending the
GEAR UP summer camp two years
ago. "When I thought about the college experience, I mainly only thought
about the big schools-OSU and U of
O," he said. Upon seeing the private
colleges, "I think what appealed was
the intimateness of the atmosphere.
... It was really much more toned
down, casual, and comfortable."
The University of Oregon did offer
to pay his tuition, but "Pacific seemed
like they kept throwing grants at me
and scholarships," he said.
The state option may have been
several thousand cheaper in the end,
but Urdelas, who is from Lincoln City,
a small coastal town, decided it made
sense to pay more for the right fit. At
Pacific, which has fewer than 2,000
students, "I feel comfortable talking to
my professors outside of class in office
hours. I feel like I mesh OK with the
vibe here," he said. "I might have gotten a little lost at a bigger school."
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Private schools can be an especially good option for first-generation and low-income students,
advocates for college access note,
because graduation rates there
tend to be higher than at the public
universities. For example, at Linfield, the four-year graduation rate
in 2014 was 61 percent. (Nationally,
it's about 55 percent for private,
nonprofit schools.) At Oregon State
University, which has more than
20,000 students, it was 31 percent,
according to the Education Trust's
College Results Online tool.
Sometimes, students don't know
about the private colleges, perhaps
because no one from their area has
ever gone to them, or because their
school counselors and teachers are
more familiar with state schools.
And other times, students, as well
as their families and counselors,
believe they simply can't afford anything other than a state school.
"I have some kids this year that
were interested in some of the private colleges, and the only thing
I knew about them really is that
they're really expensive," said Elizabeth Rosen, a high school counselor
in Boardman, who was on the recent
Linfield tour with GEAR UP.
It's true that private schools tend
to be quite expensive. The total cost
of tuition and housing at Linfield, for
instance, is about $50,000 a year. For
students living on campus at OSU
and the U of O, it's about half that.
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DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Ed-Tech Leadership Hazy Under Trump
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Legislatures Tackle ESSA, Fiscal Issues
News in Brief
Record U.S. Graduation Rate Not Seen as Inflated
Obama-Era Nutrition Standards Loosened for School Meals
Mostly White Town Can Leave Diverse District, Court Says
Teacher Residencies Can Help Curb Shortages, Studies Say
Do Parents See Math as ‘Less Useful’ Than Reading?
Oregon GEAR UP Links Rural Students To Private Colleges
2017 Budget Deal Defers Fierce Fights on Education Aid
Trump Orders Hard Look At Federal Reach on K-12 Policy
Hurdles Remain for Calif. K-12 Funding Formula, Study Says
100 Days: How Three Presidents Stack Up on K-12
Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II: Black Teachers Matter. School Integration Doesn’t
By Robert W. Runcie & Antwan Wilson: How We Stopped Sending Students to Jail
Q&A With Peggy Orenstein: Let’s Talk to K-12 Girls About Sex
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
David Jacobson: A Purple Agenda for (Early) Education
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - News in Brief
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Obama-Era Nutrition Standards Loosened for School Meals
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Mostly White Town Can Leave Diverse District, Court Says
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Teacher Residencies Can Help Curb Shortages, Studies Say
Education Week - May 10, 2017 - Do Parents See Math as ‘Less Useful’ Than Reading?
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Education Week - May 10, 2017 - 100 Days: How Three Presidents Stack Up on K-12
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