I am wondering whether the affirmative action admission scholarships to college in the US handed out to minorities based on race or similar, goes to applicants from a poor background.

The reason for asking is that if the recipients of such scholarships are coming from an upper middle class background, that fairly easily could pay for a decent college, then it could be a reason for lower middle class (white) families to feel left out.

Further I assume that colleges select candidates that will actually be able to complete a degree, selecting candidates on their socio-economic background, not on their need.

  • I don't have a cite on hand, but recall that in Intelligence^2 debate on the topic, there was an assertion made that it goes to far more affluent demographics than is usually assumed. – user4012 Dec 15 '17 at 18:14

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