'Low income' an unnecessary descriptor

I would like to comment on the Sept. 27 article from the College of William and Mary notes section titled, "College accepts higher number of Pell-eligible students."

I applaud the college’s commitment and effort to serve residents of the commonwealth and enhance the socioeconomic diversity of its student population. Conversely, I am deeply concerned with how this scenario is verbally characterized.

In reference to Pell Grants, why must the second sentence read "the grant is given by the federal government to low-income students in pursuit of their first bachelor's degree?" Could the same passage not have said that the grant was provided to eligible...