Mikhail Zinshteyn is a higher education reporter based in Los Angeles. Most recently, he covered community colleges for California-based newsroom EdSource. His work has also appeared in The Hechinger Report, The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight and other outlets. Mikhail, whose name is pronounced “Michael,” was born in the Soviet Union. He earned a degree in Philosophy and Russian at Union College and a master’s in comparative politics at The London School of Economics. Pell grants helped cover the cost of his education.
Most of the top colleges in the United States consider an applicant’s relation to alumni in the admissions process. This approach, which may give children or relatives of alumni an advantage in the admissions process, is commonly called legacy admissions or legacy preferences. Here’s what you should know about legacy admissions, how it may affect you and why it’s a hotly debated topic in making college access a reality for more students.
Emergency Student Aid Programs
Some colleges offer students money for emergencies on top of the financial aid they already receive. Knowing that emergency student aid programs exist, and how to ask for financial help, can save students hundreds of dollars or more in unforeseen costs. It can also prevent students from dropping out of college because of a relatively small but unexpected bill.