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.

New Analysis Reinforces the Racial Disparities of Student Debt

The recent release of the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study has very quickly raised concern and alarm around which students face the largest debt burdens.

Southern New Hampshire University, Other Institutions Commit to Helping DACA Students Afford College

Southern New Hampshire University is one of the latest higher education institutions to dedicate resources toward helping undocumented students, by promising to provide 1,000 students protected under DACA with full scholarships to pursue bachelor’s or associate’s degrees over the next five years.

ACE2018: Public Policy Pop-Up

ACE Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs Terry Hartle sat down with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to talk about some of the economic and policy issues facing higher education—from student debt and rising tuition costs to the value of higher education, among others.

NCES Releases Student Financial Aid Estimates for 2015–16

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a First Look report that illustrates some key findings regarding financial aid based on data from the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NAPSAS:16).

Live Like a Student: UNI’s Financial Literacy Strategy Reduces Student Debt

The University of Northern Iowa has decreased student debt upon graduation by an average of $3,300 per borrower since 2010. President Mark Nook discusses the cornerstone of that success—Live Like a Student, the university’s counseling and financial literacy program.

College Board Releases 2017 Trends in Higher Education Reports

The College Board this week released its updated Trends in Higher Education reports for 2017. These annual reports provide updated data on college pricing and student aid.

Repayment of Student Loans Among 1995–96 and 2003–04 First-Time Beginning Students

A comprehensive new report from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) examines student loan default behaviors of the 2003-04 cohort.

ProPelled: The Effects of Grants on Graduation, Earnings and Welfare

The report found that while Pell eligibility does not necessarily increase or change the likelihood of a student choosing to go to college or not, relatively small additional grant aid at college entry substantially increases college completion and earnings.

Helping College Students Make Informed Student Loan Decisions

Recent surveys demonstrate that many college students do not know whether they have borrowed or how much debt they have accrued during college. What can higher education institutions—and the federal government—do to help?

New Reports Detail Who Is Receiving Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid, an office within the Department of Education, recently released new data on the characteristics of federal student aid recipients, including student loan borrowers by institutional type, age, debt size, and location; grant and loan disbursements by age and location; and direct loan disbursements by programs of study.

The Impact of Year-Round Pell Grants on Academic and Employment Outcomes of Community College Students

Year-round Pell Grants were recently reinstated, having previously been implemented for academic years 2009-2010 and 2010-11. A timely working paper released by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University examines the effect of year-round Pell Grants on the likelihood of completing an associate degree.