Report Provides Guidance on Financial Aid Programs and Federal Nondiscrimination Law

A recent report released by the College Board, Education Counsel, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides guidance on how institutions can design and implement scholarship and financial aid programs that improve the outcomes of students from diverse backgrounds in legally sustainable ways.

Digital Tool Examines State Financial Aid Programs Across the Nation

The Education Commission of the States recently published a resource tool that examines the two largest financial aid programs offered in each state.

Report Looks at Who Defaults on Student Loans and Why

A new report released by The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) discusses overall student loan delinquency and default rates, and which students are more likely to struggle with loan repayment.

Study Finds a College Degree Remains a Solid Investment

A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that individuals who earn a bachelor’s degrees tend to earn a substantial wage premium in the labor market over those with just a high school diploma, concluding there is no doubt about the value of a college education.

State Higher Ed Funding Halfway Back to Pre-recession Levels

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association recently released their annual State Higher Education Finance report, which finds that state and local higher education funding has recovered only partially from the 2008 recession.

Video: Catharine Bond Hill​ Delivers 2019 Atwell Plenary Address

Catharine “Cappy” Bond Hill, president emerita of Vassar College (NY) and managing director at ITHAKA S&R delivers the Robert H. Atwell Plenary address at ACE2019.

Research Meets Practice at UW-Madison Student Success Lab

The University of Wisconsin-Madison this month celebrated the grand opening of its Student Success Through Applied Research Lab, an initiative that brings research and practice together through projects that address specific needs on campus in collaboration with staff who work directly with students.

AASCU Releases Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2019

AASCU has released its top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2019. The brief predicts a more optimistic state policy landscape in 2019 due to factors such as strong state revenue forecasts, but also notes higher education also may face intense competition for state resources and the prospect of an economic downturn.

Federal Reserve Issue Briefs Look at Impact of Student Borrowing on Home Ownership, Rural Students

The inaugural issue of the Federal Reserve’s new series of briefs, Consumer & Community in Context, features two articles on student loans.

Grapevine Survey Shows Some Improvement in State Funding for Higher Education

Results from the annual Grapevine survey of state support for higher education show a slight improvement in funding levels for FY 2018-19.

Paper Finds Tuition-Free Promise Programs Reduce Income Gaps in College Choice

A recent National Bureau of Economic Research working paper focused on the effect of a targeted, tuition-free promise on college choices of high-achieving, low-income students in Michigan.

NBER Paper Explores How Cost of Instruction Varies by Field of Study

A recent working paper titled “Why is Math Cheaper than English? Understanding Cost Differences in Higher Education” released by The National Bureau of Economic Research analyzes department-level data to explore how the costs of postsecondary instruction vary across different fields of study.