A new study suggests college doesn’t narrow the economic gap between rich and poor

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A new study says that the economic impact of college is very much tied to the income of students’ families growing up. Elsa/Getty Images

College is the great equalizer. That’s the message proudly proclaimed by many in higher education, not to mention many parents trying to urge children who may not have trust funds to prepare for college.

But a new study says that the economic impact of college — in postgraduation wages — is very much tied to the income of students’ families growing up, with students from wealthier families earning more than others. Some might assume that this difference […]