You Draw It: How FamilyIncome Predicts Children’sCollege Chances

The Upshot:

How likely is it that children who grow up in very poor families go to college? How about children who grow up in very rich families?

We’d like you to draw your guess for every income level on the chart below.

If you think the chances of enrolling in college (or vocational school) are about the same for everyone, you should draw something like this: . If you think the odds are especially harsh for children from the poorest families, but higher for middle- and higher-income children, your drawing would instead look like this: . Or here is one for a situation in which chances level off after a certain income threshold: .