January 28, 2022
The Colleges Where Low-Income Students Get the Highest ROI, published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, concludes that, overall, public institutions that predominantly grant bachelor’s degrees give low-income students the greatest long-term return on investment (ROI). Conversely, private for-profit institutions, as a group, have the lowest ROI for low-income students, regardless of the predominant credential they offer.
The report highlights graduation rates and earnings of Pell Grant students after graduation. Impressively, the vast majority of the top 20 institutions with the highest ROI at the bachelor’s level are Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs as follows:
When the ratings are weighted to reflect graduation rates and long-term earnings, the top associate’s-level colleges for low-income students are mostly institutions that offer degrees in a narrow range of specialties. In this category, too, HSIs and emerging HSIs have a significant presence among the top 20 as listed below.
To view the full report and rankings, visit cew.georgetown.edu/lowincome.