How Should We Think About College Affordability?

Before colleges can constructively evaluate and improve their pricing and financial aid policies, they should have a solid understanding of what should go into determining how realistic it is for students and families in different circumstances to pay for the education offered, writes the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum.

Private College Tuition Discounts Continue to Hit Highs

According to a new report released by NACUBO, private colleges and universities are discounting their tuition revenue at the highest rates to date. By offering grants, scholarships and fellowships, the institutions that participated in the 2016 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study averaged an estimated 49.1 percent institutional tuition discount rate for first-time, full-time students in 2016-17—the highest in the history of the survey.

College Costs in Context: A State-by-State Look at College (Un)affordability

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) recently released an issue brief analyzing the net price of college as a share of a student’s family income. According to the brief’s findings there are great inequities in the affordability of public colleges within and across states.

Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2017 Trend Report

The Pell Institute and PennAHEAD recently released the annual Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States report for 2017. According to the report, equity gaps remain in American higher education. The cost of college has continued to increase, and yet, Pell Grants do not cover the same proportion of the average cost of college as they once have.

Urban Institute’s New Website Explores What College Affordability Actually Means

What does college affordability mean? Is affordability the same for all students? A new website from the Urban Institute, with support from the Lumina Foundation, serves as a hub of data and information to answer these questions.

Most Students Hold Less Than $30,000 in Debt

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy has released an updated version its Paying for College infographic as part of the Higher Education Spotlight series. This analysis unpacks information on the cost of college and how students pay for their education. Among the findings: Most undergraduate students have less than $30,000 in cumulative debt.

IHEP Report Finds College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans

College affordability is at the forefront of higher education conversations. However, there is not a clear understanding of what is affordable. A recent report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), with support from the Lumina Foundation, seeks to answer just that.

Temple University-APLU Completion Grants Will Help Low-Income Students Graduate

A nearly $4 million Department of Education grant will enable Temple University, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, to undertake an initiative focused on small-dollar grants to help cash-strapped, low-income students complete their degrees.

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating the Cost of College

Even with its long-term benefits understood, the challenges for many households to afford college make it clear that the current model cannot simply continue without strategic innovation, writes Geoffrey Brackett, executive vice president of Marist College.

Richmond Joins Effort to Recruit, Graduate More Lower-income Students

The University of Richmond is among the growing number of ACE member institutions participating in the American Talent Initiative, a program dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students. President Ronald Crutcher discusses the importance of committing to the ATI.

New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans

A new report released this week looks at 11 plans that reduce or eliminate the cost of tuition or the need to borrow to cover it, including five at the state and two at the local level. The study summarizes the work of the Task Force on Assessing Tuition- and Debt-Free Higher Education, convened last July by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

College Board Releases 2016 Reports on College Pricing, Student Aid

The College Board today released its annual Trends in Higher Education reports, one focusing on student aid and the other on tuition and fees. The reports showed moderate increases in published tuition and fees, ranging from 2.2 percent to 3.6 percent across all sectors between 2015-16 and 2016-17. However, that still exceeded the growth in… Read more »