Report: Low-income Students ‘Overrepresented’ at For-Profit Colleges: A brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy suggests that low-income and minority students are increasingly over-represented at for-profit colleges.
The brief, A Portrait of Low-Income Adults in Education, is the latest in a series of IHEP reports that offer snapshots of the status of low-income students in higher education.
IHEP found that 19 percent of low-income students are enrolled in for-profit institutions. That's up from 13 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of these students are enrolled in public institutions, down from 20 percent. Low-income minority women also are three times as likely to enroll in for-profit colleges.
Still, though low-income students are overrepresented at for-profits, most of these students still attend public colleges.