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.

A Different Time: New Report Examines How the Pandemic May Impact Student Debt

The PEW Charitable Trusts recently released a report that explores how student borrowing from the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic has differed from borrowing during other recessions in the past 30 years.

Easing the Burden: New Report Explores the Effects of FAFSA Verification

The National College Attainment Network (NCAN), in partnership with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), recently released a report that explores the magnitude and burden verification has on both students and the work of financial aid administrators, in addition to guidance on how this burden can be alleviated.

Alleviate Student Loan Defaults With Income-Driven Repayment Plans (IDRs)

With the pause on student loan repayments ending soon, a new report looks at the advantages of income-driven repayment plans for borrowers.

Smith College Replaces Student Loans With Grants, Making Access and Equity a Priority

Beginning in fall 2022, Smith College will replace federal loans with institutional grants for all current and future undergraduates. Smith President Kathleen McCartney explains the three reasons that drove this decision.

The Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2021 Historical Trend Report

The Pell Institute, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (PennAHEAD), recently released its annual report, which examines equity indicators in higher education.

Congress Lifted the Pell Grant Ban for Incarcerated People. What Now?

With Pell Grant access restored, we can now move forward with more postsecondary programs in prison, which are an evidence-based way to shatter many of the inequities and obstacles associated with reentry that people with low-incomes and communities of color face—the very communities that colleges and universities are strive to serve better.

A Proposed Federal Student Level Data Network

Two pieces of pending legislation propose the creation of a federal postsecondary student-level data network.