More evidence prestigious colleges are becoming bastions of the elite

Daniel Hernandez has come to terms with the fact that this fall he won’t be attending his top choice school, despite being very qualified.

A straight-A student since he began receiving letter grades, Hernandez set his sights on several selective colleges out of state — a rarity in the almost rural Missouri city where he grew up. The high school senior was accepted to his top choice school earlier this year, but was left with a roughly $40,000 annual gap his family would have to fill, even with a package that included the Pell grant, the money the government provides low-income students to attend college, and other scholarships and loans.

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