By Dave Celone

Higher education and community mental health have some things in common when it comes to student and client admissions. Colleges and universities often tout need-blind admissions policies. That means they may admit students without looking at their financial circumstances. Of course, they can then choose whether or not to offer them financial aid. They also remain free to maintain or reject the need-blind policies they put in place. I’m a fan of need-blind admissions for many reasons, especially since it tends to foster greater diversity within schools. Schools with the deepest pockets, those with endowments running into the hundreds of millions and billions, are often the best-positioned to offer need-blind admissions because money for financial aid is not in short supply. As a result, they can actually enroll the students they admit without those students winding up deep in debt.

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