NASFAA’s Annual Student Aid Profile Provides Overview of Federal Programs

Federal financial aid programs play a critical role for students as college costs continue to rise. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently released its annual publication outlining student aid available at the federal level. NASFAA aims to increase awareness of these programs, helping students understand how to apply for funds and improving public knowledge broadly.

Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Higher Education Have Lasting Implications

A new report from McKinsey & Company utilizes data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) highlights representation parity gaps for students and faculty and the subsequent implications these gaps have for life after college.

Report Looks at How Student Debt Impacts the Mental Health of Black Borrowers

Title: Student Debt Is Harming the Mental Health of Black Borrowers Author: Victoria Jackson & Jalil B. Mustaffa Source: The Education Trust   The Education Trust recently released its second of four reports focused on the challenges identified through qualitative data from the National Black Student Debt Study. The first report highlighted how Black women… Read more »

New Report Sheds Light on Role of Living Allowances in College Affordability

Policymakers and practitioners in higher education have focused on tuition in their efforts to improve college affordability. Living expenses, however, are often overlooked, although they are one of the major components shaping the total cost of attendance for college students.

New Report Highlights How Institutions Are Supporting Post-completion Success for Latino Students

Post-completion success continues to be an important conversation point as colleges and universities work to support students of historically marginalized backgrounds through their postsecondary education. Excelencia in Education recently released a report to examine the post-completion success initiatives at seven Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Issue Brief Outlines Strategies to Address “Stranded” Credits

As postsecondary attainment is increasingly tied to economic and workforce development, a new issue brief by Sarah Pingel of Ithaka S+R discusses strategies for institutions and states to better address stranded credits, or academic credits that students have earned but cannot access because they have an unpaid balance at another institution.

Urban Institute Proposes Alternative Postsecondary Accountability System

As core principles in designing the proposed system, the authors emphasized the need for accountability standards to apply to all institutions, while recognizing institutional differences by the level of programs.

Intellectual Property Stealing: Risk Factors for Academic Institutions

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) draws attention to the risk of sensitive information, such as research or technology data, being shared with the home countries of students and scholars studying at U.S. universities.

New Report Examines Differences in How Students Complete College

A new report from Sallie Mae and Ipsos explores the student journey through higher education for two major groups: completers and non-completers.

The Return on Investment for Business Degrees

A degree in business is one of the most popular choices at all levels—associates, bachelor’s, and master’s. A new report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce utilized College Scorecard data as of March 1, 2022 to investigate returns on investments on business degrees for over 1,700 institutions, from program choice to post-grad occupation.

New Reports Examine Pathways to a Good Job Among Today’s Young Adults

The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University recently released two reports in a series on the delayed transition to a “good job” among young adults. A good job was defined as a job paying “at least $35,000 per year and $57,000 at the median for young workers (ages 25 to 35) nationwide, with adjustments based on cost-of-living differences among states.”

Annual SHEEO Report Sheds Light on State of State Higher Education Finance

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) recently released its annual State Higher Education Finance Report for fiscal year 2021. SHEEO’s stated purpose of this report is to “broaden understanding of the context and consequences of public policy decisions in each state that contribute to public higher education funding levels and funding distributions across states and nationally.”