Who decides when college is affordable, and for whom? (essay) @insidehighered
Strong essay on the absence of lower-income students and families, and the stereotypes that then permeate the debate about “affordability”.
“As the debate about defining affordability continues I notice few perspectives from those for whom affordability is most threatened: lower-income families, working adults, and single parents, for example.
The omission of these voices is troubling and may enable experts to posit ideas and proposals in a one-dimensional manner. I fear that an undertone of paternalism and deficit thinking has emerged in the affordability debate. My concerns grow from my study of financial aid, but also my experiences growing up in a lower-income family. “