State Failure To Plan Sets Up Students To Fail

A new issue brief released by Ithaka S+R argues states should prioritize developing coherent policy agendas for higher education funding, in order to maximize efficient use of appropriated and increasingly limited taxpayer funds, while also improving a range of student outcomes.

Recent Trends in Student Loan Debt

A report published by TICAS documents recent trends in student loan debt based on data from students who graduated from public and private nonprofit four-year colleges in 2018.

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.

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.

University of Baltimore Program Offers Human Services Degree to Incarcerated People

The Second Chance College Program at the University of Baltimore (UB) provides access to higher education to incarcerated individuals at the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland, with the aim to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for educational and employment success.

Higher Education Committee of 50 Releases Policy Recommendations to Congress

A committee of postsecondary leaders convened by NASFAA released 36 comprehensive policy recommendations on college access, affordability, accountability, and transparency.

Center for American Progress Brief Examines Pell Grant Data

A brief from the Center for American Progress highlights newly released U.S. Department of Education data demonstrating positive gains by and room for improvement in the federal Pell Grant Program.

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.

College Board Releases Annual Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid Reports

The College Board recently released its annual Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid reports for 2018. According to the pricing report, average published fees have increased, especially in the private nonprofit sector. To keep up, the student aid report revealed many institutions are moving to further supplement their students’ financial aid packages.

Study Finds Financial Aid Increases Likelihood of Qualified Students Pursuing STEM Degrees

A recent study published from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice suggested that a major factor in a student’s decision not to pursue a STEM degree may come from a lack of financial resources.