Georgia State enrolling more low-income students, report says

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Georgia State enrolling more low-income students, report says

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Georgia State University students return to their seats during the morning graduation ceremony in Atlanta Ga. Tuesday 9, 2017. With two ceremonies Georgia State University graduated nearly 2000 students Tuesday. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Georgia State University is doing a better job than most larger colleges and universities when it comes to enrolling low-income students, according to a new report.

New America, a Washington, D.C.-based research institute released a report Thursday that raises concerns that low-income students are having trouble enrolling in some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

New America, using data from the Equality of Opportunity Project, said in a news release it found that “almost two-thirds of selective public universities in the U.S. have reduced the share of students they enroll who come from families making an annual income of less than $37,000.” The organization reviewed data from 1999 to 2013.

The report praised Georgia State for increasing its share of students from the bottom 40 percent of the income scale by 7.5 percentage points, to 31 percent.

Here’s the percentage change for Georgia State and some of the state’s largest public colleges and universities, according to the report:

Georgia State   7.5

Kennesaw State University   2.5

University of Georgia   1.3

Georgia Tech   0.4

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