The issue of how being poor can affect your education is a serious one because these kids often receive a less than stellar early education, can have trouble in high school, and may never make it out of college if they even go -- and thus are at risk for getting stuck in the cycle of poverty.
In 2013, for example, 77 percent of adults from very wealthy families had earned at least bachelor’s degrees by the time they turned 24 compared to only 9 percent of people from the lowest income backgrounds, according to a Wall Street Journal report on a study released last year.
In obvious ways, experts say, richer kids have the advantages of access to better technology and after school programs
and in influential connections. Yet, they say, there are also a host of hidden obstacles that can lead to school-based problems, from higher absenteeism often having to do with watching after younger siblings so both parents can work, to concentration on schoolwork being clouded by relentless stress.
And yet, many teens have overcome these difficulties by learning to be resilient while fighting to achieve what they are passionate about.