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School funding inequities often hurt our most vulnerable citizens. This article demonstrates some of the ways in which our current system disadvantages the very students who are most in need of our help.

This story discusses the myriad ways in which the college application and financial aid process can be treacherous for low-income students.

You’ll need an account at Education Week in order to read the entirety of this article, but even readers who don’t want to create an account can get a taste of how some schools are coping with decreased local and federal funding—by laying off their certified school counselors and asking other staff to step up and fill that role.