Beyond College Tuition: Urban Institute Looks at Other Factors Impacting College Affordability

The Urban Institute recently updated its Understanding College Affordability website with new data, allowing scholars to explore how affordability fluctuates based on a variety of factors including tuition, student characteristics, institutional type, financial aid, employment during and after college, and loan repayment.

GAO Report Criticizes “Fix” to the Temporary Expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

GAO released a new report this week criticizing a recent fix to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. PSLF is intended to forgive student loans after 10 years for borrowers who work in the public sector, such as for a nonprofit or the government.

The Expanding Affordability Gap at State Flagship Institutions

A new report released by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) examines affordability at state flagship institutions.

Pell Grants Covered 24 Percent of the Total Cost of Attendance in 2015-16

A recent brief from the National Center for Education Statistics uses data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) to look at the percentage of the total cost of attendance covered by Pell Grants.

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.