Tuesday, April 11, 2017

When it comes to diversity, money matters - USA TODAY

by Jessica Karins
Originally published: April 9, 2017

Publisher: USAtoday.com 

There are all kinds of diversity, and for most of those kinds, there’s no better way to find a diverse population than a college campus. Race, national origin, gender, ability, ideology – we’ve got every combination. There’s one type of diversity, though, that makes colleges and often Americans in general, uncomfortable. That’s social class.

If you’re a college student, you’re probably already concerned about student loans, and the closer you get to graduation, the more that balance may loom over your head. Since Donald Trump’s election, that’s been a much bigger concern on America’s campuses.

We’re no longer having debates like we had in the Democratic primary about whether college should be free or simply cheaper. Instead, we’re facing a decrease in available Pell Grant money and more predatory student loan practices.