Supporting Incarcerated Students With Second Chance Pell

The signing of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act canceled the ban on access to Pell Grants for formerly or currently incarcerated adults. A new report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators looks at how to improve cross-sector collaboration and wrap-around services to help make this program a success.

New Report Shows Student and Institutional Benefits of Emergency Grant Programs

The Heckscher Foundation for Children commissioned a study of the State University of New York (SUNY) Student Emergency Fund (SEF), a program designed to increase student persistence by “providing emergency aid to low-income students who are experiencing temporary setbacks.”

New Report Finds Pell Grant Increasingly Does Not Cover Cost of Public Higher Education

Students who receive Pell Grants regularly turn to public two- and four-year colleges and universities for affordable and accessible higher education. However, a new report from the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) found Pell Grant students are increasingly unable to afford public higher education institutions across the United States, with only 24 percent of four-year institutions and 40 percent of two-year institutions being considered affordable in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Annual Report on State Financial Aid Funding Released

The National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) recently released an annual survey report on state student aid programs. The report highlights how states are funding student financial aid by providing descriptive overviews of the amount of and types of aid given from 2020 to 2021.

New Report Outlines How Community Colleges Can Help Reduce Students’ Food and Housing Insecurity

Title: Mission Critical: The Role of Community Colleges in Meeting Students’ Basic Needs Source: Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) Community colleges serve as an important access point to higher education; however, according to a new report, community colleges must also recognize and address students’ holistic needs to make education truly attainable. In CCCSE’s… Read more »

Breaking Down the Barriers to Financial Aid and College Access for Homeless and Foster Youth

Many foster and homeless youth aspire to a college education but encounter numerous barriers in the process, according to a new report from SchoolHouse Connection. One of the biggest challenges they encounter while applying for college admissions and financial aid support is the inability to obtain information about parental income.

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.

How to Reimagine Student Loan Servicing and Repayment

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently released a new report providing systemic solutions to improve student loan repayment in the United States.

The Impact of the Second Chance Pell Initiative in Prisons

Five years after the Department of Education launched the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative (SCP), data highlights the impact of expanding postsecondary education programs in state and federal prisons.

Report Looks at Impact of Emergency Micro-Grants on Student Success

The challenges higher education institutions face in retaining students and guiding them toward degree completion are well documented, with many institutions providing resources, staffing, and services dedicated to ensuring a smooth path to completion. Ithaka S+R recently released a report analyzing a retention grant program designed to provide emergency financial aid to students with an immediate need.

Data Suggest a Possible Increase in Student Loan Delinquencies Once Forbearance Ends

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York predicts that Direct Loan holders may have difficulty in repaying their loans once forbearance ends, given the experience during the pandemic.

NASPA Report Explores the Future of Student Affairs

Student affairs practitioners play a critical role in supporting the holistic needs of students. As the future of the higher education workforce remains on the minds of administrators, NASPA has released a report to inform the direction of the student affairs profession.