Cost of college too high for rural teens

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden acknowledge issue at Lane Community College.

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Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden acknowledged the issue of rural teens being unable to afford the costs of college at a discussion at Lane Community College.

Merkley addressed a lack among rural students of hope for being able to afford the rising costs of education.

Rural teenagers in Oregon are less likely to enroll in college — whether two or four year — and less likely to persist through their sophomore year than their urban area classmates, according to a May 2015 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education.

The lag in enrollment carries through to rural students with top test scores; they, too, fail to enroll at the same rate as their urban or suburban counterparts. One out of five Oregon students lives in a small town or rural area.

(SOURCE: Register-Guard)

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