This can undermine their chances of graduating. “Low-income working learners are less likely to earn a credential overall, even if they come from the upper end of the academic performance distribution,” adds the report.
Such effects perpetuate and worsen the inequalities of American society, according to Lindsay Ahlman, Associate Director of Research at the Institute for College Access and Success.
Speaking to Inside Higher Ed, Ahlman said: “To me, it boils down to the story of how higher ed is compounding social inequity.
“The type of privileges you enter college with tend to compound in college.”