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MEDFORD — It was a goal former Tufts University president Lawrence S. Bacow highlighted in his inaugural address more than a decade ago: make admissions decisions without considering any student’s ability to pay.
The university was able to swing two need-blind admissions cycles just before the financial crisis. Then, Tufts put that ambition on the shelf, where it remains.
The economy is improving and endowments are rebounding, but the generosity of many schools’ financial aid policies is not.
In fact, colleges continue to cut back. Wesleyan University in Connecticut ended years of need-blind admissions for this fall’s freshman class. Many more, including MIT, Cornell, and just this month the University of Virginia, have curtailed promises to replace loans with grants for low-income or middle-class families.