Rockefeller Hall at Vassar College, which houses the college's political science, philosophy and mathematics departments. 
Rockefeller Hall at Vassar College, which houses the college's political science, philosophy and mathematics departments.  - 
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Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, started out as a school for the daughters of wealthy Protestant families. It's long since gone coed, and in the past decade has added a different kind of diversity to its student body. About a quarter of Vassar students now receive federal Pell grants for low-income students, up from 12 percent eight years ago.

It's the result of a concerted effort led by college President Catharine Bond Hill to make the elite campus more inclusive — and it doesn't come cheaply. Hill joins Marketplace's Amy Scott to discuss campus diversity, financial aid and why the income gap is partly to blame for rising college costs. 

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