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Public opinion on college affordability unchanged in new poll

Myriad studies have highlighted potential barriers to paying for college, especially among low-income students and other vulnerable populations.

A recent report from the National College Access Network identified fewer than half of U.S. public colleges as being affordable for poor students.

Similarly, research from The Education Trust shows that in almost every state, first-time, low-income students would need to pay more than $3,000 to attend a four-year public college, even if they secured federal grants, aid and scholarships and worked 10 hours a week at minimum wage.

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