Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind

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She was a high achiever, graduating from high school with a 3.8 GPA and ranking among the top students in her class. She served as secretary, then president, of the student government. She played varsity basketball and softball. Her high-school guidance counselor, in a letter of recommendation, wrote that Epps was “an unusual young lady” with “both drive and determination.”

Epps, 19, was also needy. . . 

None of the three schools Epps was admitted to gave her a single dollar of aid.

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