Pathways to University for Brazil’s Poor

Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - University entrance exam season starts next month all across Brazil. That means nerves are running high, particularly for hundreds of thousands of young men and women from low-income communities who hope to become the first in their families to go to college.

“It’s not that hard for poor kids to get into public university. The real challenge is making it through,” a Brazilian academic recently said to me. That was hard for me to believe. I’d been visiting Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?